U.S. school shootings 2012-2014, by type of school

The statistic above shows the number of school shootings in the United States between December 2012 and December 2014, by type of school. In this time period, a total number of 29 shootings took place at an American high school.

Additional information on school shootings in the United States

Schooling shootings in the United States have been a regular occurrence in the country. The frequency of these instances relative to other developed countries highlights a potentially systemic problem. Although the country has fallen victim to numerous mass shootings in previous decades, evidence suggests educational institutions are commonly chosen as the target of mass shootings.

President Barack Obama spoke out against the issue a number of times during his presidency in response to the fears among the American people surrounding the causes and frequency of mass shootings in schools. Each incident has brought the availability of firearms into the spotlight resulting in the prominence of the gun lobbyists in the United States being highly criticized. Shootings such as the Virginia Tech massacre and the Columbine High School massacre have gained worldwide attention. However, unlike countries such as Australia following the deaths at Port Arthur, the United States reacted with minimal policy changes to gun ownership and sale within the country.

As the statistic above shows, shootings at colleges and universities have occurred more often than those at schools for younger students. Although the ages of the attacker and their victims vary, there appears to be a larger risk of older students committing such acts at the later stages of the country’s educational system.

Number of school shootings in the United States between December 2012 and December 2014, by type of school

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Release date

December 2014


United States

Survey time period

December 15, 2012 to December 9, 2014

Supplementary notes

School shootings are defined as incidents when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds. Incidents in which guns were brought into schools but not fired, or were fired off school grounds after having been possessed in schools, were not included.

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