School Shootings In The US From The 1700s to 2012

on December 14 2012 4:59 PM
  • Patrick Purdy
    24-year-old Patrick Purdy shot and killed five schoolchildren, and wounded 29 other schoolchildren and one teacher on the playground of Cleveland Elementary School. The shooting ended with Purdy committing suicide. Wikipedia
  • Eric Houston
    Armed with a pistol, 20-year-old Eric Houston took hostages at his former high school, killing four people and wounding 10. His motive was his inability to find a good job because he had failed a grade at school. He was given the death penalty for the shooting. Murderpedia
  • Barry Loukaitis
    Armed with a high-powered hunting rifle and two handguns, 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis killed his algebra teacher and two students before taking hostages. He also shot a girl in the arm, who he released during the hostage situation. The incident ended when a teacher burst into the room and tackled him. Loukaitis is now serving life in prison. Murderpedia
  • Mitchell Johnson
    13-year-old Mitchell Johnson and 11-year-old Andrew Golden set off the fire alarm in their Jonesboro school and then, from the woods, open fire on classmates and teachers as they flee the building. Four female students and a teacher are killed, with nine other students and a teacher being wounded in the incident.
  • Eric Harris
    Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, entered their high school with numerous guns and killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives in the school library, where they had shot students at point blank range. Both were reportedly bullied for years.
  • Jeffrey Weise
    Jeffrey Weise, a student at Red Lake High School in Red Lake, Minnesota, killed his grandfather and his grandfather's girlfriend before killing seven more people: five students, a teacher, and an unarmed security guard.
  • Charles Carl Roberts
    Charles Carl Roberts, a 32-year-old milk-tank truck driver, took hostages and eventually shot ten girls, killing five (aged 7–13), before killing himself at West Nickel Mines School, a one-room Amish schoolhouse. Murderpedia
  • robertButlerJr
    Robert Butler Jr., after being suspended for destruction of property, entered his high school and shot his vice principal and principal, killing the vice principal.
  • T.J. Lane
    T.J. Lane shoots six students at his high school, killing three
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The first reported school shooting in what is now the U.S. took place in the 1700s when four Lenape Indians entered a schoolhouse in what is now Greencastle, Pa., and killed the schoolmaster and as many as 10 children, according to

Since that dark day, there have been hundreds of schoolhouse shootings, the most recent on Friday morning, when a gunman entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and started shooting. In all, 20 children and six adults were killed. The suspected shooter is also dead, as is another adult at a separate location.

Herewith is a short pictorial history of fatal incidents in U.S. primary and secondary schools since 1989.

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