The deadly gunfire in Oxford, Michigan, on Tuesday, added another episode this year to a growing list of deadly schoolyard shootings in the United States, following a lull in shootings earlier in the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Education Week newscast, there have been 28 school shootings resulting in injuries or death in 2021, 20 of them since August 1. years, including two people who were shot dead by police officers.
Before Tuesday, none of the shootings in the publication list involved more than one death.
School shootings are counted in different ways by different organizations, but the trends are similar. Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group that uses news reports to track shots fired at or into school properties, recorded 138 such episodes from 2021 through mid-November.
The spokesman for the Everytown organization, Noah Levine, said 32 cases of gunfire on school grounds had been reported in September and a further 32 in October, the highest number in a month since the group began counting in 2013.
Last month, four people were injured in a shooting that authorities say took place during a brawl at a high school in Arlington, Texas.
In September, a student was fatally shot at his high school in Winston-Salem, NC. In August, police officers shot and killed an 8-year-old girl at a high school soccer game in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, and a high school student killed another student in a lunchtime shooting in Albuquerque, NM.
Mass shootings in all public places, not just schools, dropped sharply in 2020. But other types of shootings — including murders where the killer knew the victim — appeared to be more common in 2020 than in 2019. The Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting. as an episode in which four or more people are injured or killed, not counting the perpetrator, there were 611 such shootings in 2020, compared to 417 the year before. The group’s total for 2021 is already over 650, with one month left in the year.