In the wake of yet more bloodshed in our educational establishments during the past few weeks, a chilling map has been created that illustrates the full extent of the school shooting phenomena in the United States.
The map shows a grim reality: that since the Sandy Hook Massacre in December 2012, a startling total of 74 other shootings associated with schools and colleges have taken place across the U.S..

The map includes any form of incident in which a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds, including homicides, suicides, and accidents, as defined by the Everytown for Gun Safety (EGS) network in its February 2014 Analysis of School Shootings report.
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In the wake of the most recent school shootings in the US, the question left hanging in the air is why these type of incidents – and teenage violent crimes in general – are on the increase.

A recent publication from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the national public health institute of the United States, stated that

"Homicide continues to be the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24, and the leading cause of death for African American youth."
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The past week has yielded two more school shootings, and both of the staff members who were killed in the attacks were teachers of mathematics. In Danvers, Massachusetts, a 14 year old boy, Philip Chism, has been arrested on a murder charge after the body of a young math teacher, Colleen Ritzer, was found in a wooded area behind the high school where she worked.

Two days earlier, math teacher Michael Landsberry was shot and killed by a student in Sparks, Nevada. Landberry was an ex-military veteran who had served two tours in Afghanistan with the Nevada National Guard – how ironic that he should survive his military service only to be ‘killed in action’ as an 8th grade school teacher.
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