A list is making its rounds showing a crapload of “school shootings” — I will post the list at the end because it is long. But this is the most recent list shared primarily on Facebook. The version I saw was by Greg Atkinson:
It is a list of 245 school shootings. This is nothing new, per-se, at every similar event some list is trotted out to use a real event to make untrue statements about others. Why? To elicit an emotional response. This was confirmed to me as I went through the comments under the list; one person was even calling for a teacher strike.
I thought to myself at the time of reading it (but did not respond),
- “Yes, please strike… it will chase EVEN MORE parents to choose private and home schooling even more than the last 2-years of masking and ‘at home education. Pretty please’.”
Even NPR admits issues with such lists, this is from August of 2018:
How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school?
We should know. But we don’t.
This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The number is far higher than most other estimates.
But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government’s Civil Rights Data Collection.
We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports.
In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn’t confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn’t meet the government’s parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn’t respond to our inquiries.
“When we’re talking about such an important and rare event, [this] amount of data error could be very meaningful,” says Deborah Temkin, a researcher and program director at Child Trends.
NPR goes on to note:
- This confusion comes at a time when the need for clear data on school violence has never been more pressing.
All lists like the one shared [below] do is add to the confusion. This was my response to a friend sharing the list:
Much of this list is not an example of “school shootings” like the one that recently happened. Just to exemplify my broader statement, here is one example pulled from the list to engender emotion rather than reasonable thought on the issue (#200).
Providence Career & Technical Academy
- William Parsons was shot and killed in this event;
- He was not a student at Providence Career & Technical Academy, rather, a student at a nearby school, Central High School;
- He was a bystander to a fight between gang members [also not students at Providence] outside Providence Career & Technical Academy while waiting for his father to pick him up;
- The school was not targeted, and the violence happened to be near the school.
Much of the list is like this… and has nothing ta do with “mass shootings” like the one that killed those kids and teachers. And as a point in history, the worst school massacre was in 1927 by a school board treasurer in Michigan (Bath School disaster). He killed 38 children. Which falls at #13 in the world’s deadliest.
As an aside: I make it a habit not to post on this person’s Facebook (FB), and this was one of almost zero comments on their FB I have made over time. And my comment was pretty benign (minus facts), which are abrasive to perceived narratives — I get that. Subsequentially my status was changed so I could not see any posts on their Facebook.
Which reminded me of a recently read article,
- The digital revolution has shattered that mirror, and now the public inhabits those broken pieces of glass. So the public isn’t one thing; it’s highly fragmented, and it’s basically mutually hostile. It’s mostly people yelling at each other and living in bubbles of one sort or another. (THE ATLANTIC)
I simply offered a view unlike any other in the strain; and what did the person do? Shut themselves off to the rare viewpoint that disagreed with the consensus they wish to artificially build around themself.
Another example of regular conversation moving toward censorship of viewpoints that offer even the slightest dissent (in Orwellian fashion) is this: years ago there was a weekly series in the L.A. Times where a column would take an event or position and have a progressive leaning columnist give their thoughts and position; and another column was written by a more conservative columnist giving theirs. I believe it was called, “View from the Left,” and, “View from the Right.”
Often times the writer on the right was Dennis Prager.
The L.A. Times has long nixed thoughtful thinking, comparison, and columns/columnists like this and Dennis.
Another example comes by way of the Executive Editor of the New York Times (the top position in the newsroom), Dean Baquet, who admitted that it is the Left who does not want to hear thoughtful responses to issues from a countering viewpoint.
- Nearly one-quarter (24%) of Democrats say they blocked, unfriended, or stopped following someone on social media after the election because of their political posts on social media. Fewer than one in ten Republicans (9%) and independents (9%) report eliminating people from their social media circle. Political liberals are also far more likely than conservatives to say they removed someone from their social media circle due to what they shared online (28% vs. 8%, respectively). Eleven percent of moderates say they blocked, unfollowed, or unfriended someone due to what they posted online…Only five percent of Americans say they are planning on spending less time with certain family members because of their political views. Democrats, however, are five times more likely than Republicans to say they are trying to avoid certain family members due to their political views (10% vs. 2%, respectively). The pattern among political independents mirrors the general population.
The least tolerant sub-demographic measured in the poll was Democratic-leaning women…
And this still holds true in large measure. And as you can see from my very reasonable, non-yelling, non-gaslighting comment [in the “Calvin” text box] — this holds true.
In another 2018 posting, DAILY CALLER catalogs CNN’s use of bad stats as well:
…The list of school shootings used by CNN and other news outlets, however, wildly exaggerates the number by lumping in accidental firearm discharges, domestic disputes, and events that don’t involve students with the active shooter situations that most people don’t lump into the specific category of school shootings.
CNN’s list includes one shooting incident in Alabama where one person was injured at an on-campus apartment building. Another shooting at Savannah State University in Georgia is counted despite the fact that the two people involved were not students.
Many media outlets also pull their numbers from Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit gun control advocacy group, and includes any time “a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.” Their current count is even higher than CNN’s.
- “When we’re talking about such an important and rare event, [this] amount of data error could be very meaningful,” says Deborah Temkin, a researcher and program director at Child Trends.
PIVOTING A BIT…. REAL WORLD SOLUTIONS
When I found this video I posted it on my Facebook with the following note:
- Damn. Easy peasy. Should give the teacher extra time to get her or his gun out of the lock box and protect her (or his life) as well as the lives of the kids under her (or his) care.
And that is the key… what will a teacher do, or what length will he or she go in our more secularly violent society to protect his or her own life and thus her children in the classroom? After Sandy Hook some schools offered training and more for teachers that chose to arm themselves.
Some schools in south-central Missouri have created their own measures to stop a mass shooter: arming teachers. The move is not without controversy—but these extremely rural communities say it was their best option for safety.
For many schools, the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, which killed 26 people, was a wake-up call. Aaron Sydow, Superintendent of the K-8 Fairview School District in West Plains, says his community looked to the school board for help.
“When Sandy Hook actually occurred, just after that, we had a lot of public outcry, locally,” Sydow told KSMU. “Parents [asked], ‘How are you going to protect the kids here? We want you to do something.’”
Fairview board members reached out to a security contractor named Greg Martin. He created a program for school employees, including teachers, to carry concealed firearms in the classroom.
Martin founded Shield Solutions, a firm that trains staff at businesses and schools in firearm skills. Its programs are currently used in more than 35 schools, mostly in south-central Missouri.
Martin says teachers and staff who are recruited for the program go through a series of mental and physical tests before being approved to carry a weapon…..
Here is the training they go through:
….The training consists of 40 hours – five hours of classroom instruction and 35 hours of range time. And the instructors don’t go easy on their pupils either. Although participants may begin their training wet behind the ears, by the end of the course they are required to prove that they can not only handle a gun safely and accurately. Additionally, the training also prepares the class to handle the emotional toil that comes when dealing with a potentially lethal situation. And if they can’t cut it, they’re cut from the program, but the school district has the option of sending another staffer in their stead.
In a recent class there was one elementary school teacher who couldn’t handle the military-style training, complete with running uphill as punishment for making mistakes.
“She’s not going to make it,” said Dan Wehmer, sales manager for Shield Solutions, who was initially told that the idea of armed teachers wouldn’t fly. “She can’t handle the stress. And if she can’t handle it out here, what would she do in a real situation?”
Greg Martin, founder of Shield Solutions and a former Missouri Highway Patrol trooper, believes the physical and emotional strain imposed is a vital part of the training.
They have to know that they won’t crumble under stress and that they can and will pull the trigger during an active shooter scenario to save lives, even if it means that – heaven forbid – the shooter is their own student who has sat in their own classroom.
“It adds to the stress,” Martin said. “But it makes them better. “They can’t fail at this.”
(More at GUNS.COM)
These districts took to heart recommendations made after other school shooting. The Parkland police also failed like the Uvalde school shooting.
So 2 of the 3 deadliest school shootings made it to that gruesome list because of inaction by armed and trained professionals. When my life is about to end by violence, I need to be trained to keep it. And I can rely on myself to do so.
But the Biden Admin doesn’t track with this common sense:
Politicized School List
- Thurston High School.
- Columbine High School.
- Heritage High School.
- Deming Middle School.
- Fort Gibson Middle School.
- Buell Elementary School.
- Lake Worth Middle School.
- University of Arkansas.
- Junipero Serra High School.
- Santana High School.
- Bishop Neumann High School.
- Pacific Lutheran University.
- Granite Hills High School.
- Lew Wallace High School.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. High School.
- Appalachian School of Law.
- Washington High School.
- Conception Abbey.
- Benjamin Tasker Middle School.
- University of Arizona.
- Lincoln High School.
- John McDonogh High School.
- Red Lion Area Junior High School.
- Case Western Reserve University.
- Rocori High School.
- Ballou High School.
- Randallstown High School.
- Bowen High School.
- Red Lake Senior High School.
- Harlan Community Academy High School.
- Campbell County High School.
- Milwee Middle School.
- Roseburg High School.
- Pine Middle School.
- Essex Elementary School.
- Duquesne University.
- Platte Canyon High School.
- Weston High School.
- West Nickel Mines School.
- Joplin Memorial Middle School.
- Henry Foss High School.
- Compton Centennial High School.
- Virginia Tech.
- Success Tech Academy.
- Miami Carol City Senior High School.
- Hamilton High School.
- Louisiana Technical College.
- Mitchell High School.
- O. Green Junior High School.
- Northern Illinois University.
- Lakota Middle School.
- Knoxville Central High School.
- Willoughby South High School.
- Henry Ford High School.
- University of Central Arkansas.
- Dillard High School.
- Dunbar High School.
- Hampton University.
- Harvard College.
- Larose-Cut Off Middle School.
- International Studies Academy.
- Skyline College.
- Discovery Middle School.
- University of Alabama.
- DeKalb School.
- Deer Creek Middle School.
- Ohio State University.
- Mumford High School.
- University of Texas.
- Kelly Elementary School.
- Marinette High School.
- Aurora Central High School.
- Millard South High School.
- Martinsville West Middle School.
- Worthing High School.
- Millard South High School.
- Highlands Intermediate School.
- Cape Fear High School.
- Chardon High School.
- Episcopal School of Jacksonville.
- Oikos University.
- Hamilton High School.
- Perry Hall School.
- Normal Community High School.
- University of South Alabama.
- Banner Academy South.
- University of Southern California.
- Sandy Hook Elementary School.
- Apostolic Revival Center Christian School.
- Taft Union High School.
- Osborn High School.
- Stevens Institute of Business and Arts.
- Hazard Community and Technical College.
- Chicago State University.
- Lone Star College-North.
- Cesar Chavez High School.
- Price Middle School.
- University of Central Florida.
- New River Community College.
- Grambling State University.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle School.
- Ronald E. McNair Discovery Academy.
- North Panola High School.
- Carver High School.
- Agape Christian Academy.
- Sparks Middle School.
- North Carolina A&T State University.
- Stephenson High School.
- Brashear High School.
- West Orange High School.
- Arapahoe High School.
- Edison High School.
- Liberty Technology Magnet High School.
- Hillhouse High School.
- Berrendo Middle School.
- Purdue University.
- South Carolina State University.
- Los Angeles Valley College.
- Charles F. Brush High School.
- University of Southern California.
- Georgia Regents University.
- Academy of Knowledge Preschool.
- Benjamin Banneker High School.
- H. Conley High School.
- East English Village Preparatory Academy.
- Paine College.
- Georgia Gwinnett College.
- John F. Kennedy High School.
- Seattle Pacific University.
- Reynolds High School.
- Indiana State University.
- Albemarle High School.
- Fern Creek Traditional High School.
- Langston Hughes High School.
- Marysville Pilchuck High School.
- Florida State University.
- Miami Carol City High School.
- Rogers State University.
- Rosemary Anderson High School.
- Wisconsin Lutheran High School.
- Frederick High School.
- Tenaya Middle School.
- Bethune-Cookman University.
- Pershing Elementary School.
- Wayne Community College.
- B. Martin Middle School.
- Southwestern Classical Academy.
- Savannah State University.
- Harrisburg High School.
- Umpqua Community College.
- Northern Arizona University.
- Texas Southern University.
- Tennessee State University.
- Winston-Salem State University.
- Mojave High School.
- Lawrence Central High School.
- Franklin High School.
- Muskegon Heights High School.
- Independence High School.
- Madison High School.
- Antigo High School.
- University of California-Los Angeles.
- Jeremiah Burke High School.
- Alpine High School.
- Townville Elementary School.
- Vigor High School.
- Linden McKinley STEM Academy.
- June Jordan High School for Equity.
- Union Middle School.
- Mueller Park Junior High School.
- West Liberty-Salem High School.
- University of Washington.
- King City High School.
- North Park Elementary School.
- North Lake College.
- Freeman High School.
- Mattoon High School.
- Rancho Tehama Elementary School.
- Aztec High School.
- Wake Forest University.
- Italy High School.
- NET Charter High School.
- Marshall County High School.
- Sal Castro Middle School.
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
- Great Mills High School
- Central Michigan University
- Huffman High School
- Frederick Douglass High School
- Forest High School
- Highland High School
- Dixon High School
- Santa Fe High School
- Noblesville West Middle School
- University of North Carolina Charlotte
- STEM School Highlands Ranch
- Edgewood High School
- Palm Beach Central High School
- Providence Career & Technical Academy
- Fairley High School (school bus)
- Canyon Springs High School
- Dennis Intermediate School
- Florida International University
- Central Elementary School
- Cascade Middle School
- Davidson High School
- Prairie View A & M University
- Altascocita High School
- Central Academy of Excellence
- Cleveland High School
- Robert E. Lee High School
- Cheyenne South High School
- Grambling State University
- Blountsville Elementary School
- Holmes County, Mississippi (school bus)
- Prescott High School
- College of the Mainland
- Wynbrooke Elementary School
- UNC Charlotte
- Riverview Florida (school bus)
- Second Chance High School
- Carman-Ainsworth High School
- Williwaw Elementary School
- Monroe Clark Middle School
- Central Catholic High School
- Jeanette High School
- Eastern Hills High School
- DeAnza High School
- Ridgway High School
- Reginald F. Lewis High School
- Saugus High School
- Pleasantville High School
- Waukesha South High School
- Oshkosh High School
- Catholic Academy of New Haven
- Bellaire High School
- North Crowley High School
- McAuliffe Elementary School
- South Oak Cliff High School
- Texas A&M University-Commerce
- Sonora High School
- Western Illinois University
- Oxford High School
- Robb Elementary School