What Are the Deadliest School Shootings in U.S. History?

The United States has been affected by many tragic school shootings that have claimed countless lives. These shootings have occurred in different parts of the country over the last few decades. The deadliness of these events cannot be overstated, as they have left a deep-seated trauma for students, teachers, and the communities involved. In this article, we will explore some of the deadliest school shootings in the history of the United States.

1) Virginia Tech Massacre: On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 17 others on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Cho, a student at the university, carried out two separate attacks on the same day, starting in the morning with two killings in a dormitory and later in a classroom building where he killed 30 people, including himself.

2) Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: On Friday, December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza killed 26 people, including twenty children between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza also killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home earlier in the day, and killed himself as police arrived at the school.

3) Parkland High School Massacre: On February 14, 2018, a former student, Nikolas Cruz, killed 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The gunman was arrested and is currently awaiting trial.

4) Columbine High School Shooting: On April 20, 1999, two high school students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, killed twelve fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They also injured 21 other people before taking their own lives.

5) Santa Fe High School Shooting: On May 18, 2018, Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed ten people and injured thirteen others with a shotgun and a revolver at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. The suspect was taken into custody and is currently awaiting trial.

6) University of Texas Tower Shooting: On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman killed 14 people and injured 31 others at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Whitman climbed to the top of the university’s tower and began shooting at people below. He was eventually shot and killed by police.

These are just a few of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. They are a stark reminder of the importance of gun control measures, mental health screenings, and the need to increase school security. Thousands of lives have been lost due to gun violence in schools, and it is essential that we work towards preventing such tragedies from happening in the future. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that our schools are safe spaces for learning, and that students and teachers alike can go about their days without fearing for their lives.     

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