Report: NC 4th in Nation For School Shootings Since Newtown Tragedy

Report: NC 4th in Nation For School Shootings Since Newtown Tragedy

6:06pm Dec 10, 2014
Keri Brown

A new report says North Carolina is fourth in the nation for the number of school shootings since the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut two years ago.

Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the information Wednesday. They say there have been at least 94 school shootings in 33 states around the country. The data was collected for incidents that occurred at colleges, as well as K-12 schools.

Six of the shootings were in North Carolina, including a shooting at Salisbury High School in February 2014, and at Carver High School in Winston-Salem in August 2013. 

“That’s not a ranking that any parent, any student, any principal, any teacher wants to see that we have the 4th most school shootings in the country,” says Jackie Holcombe, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Holcombe says the report shows that many of the students who perpetrated these shootings had easy access to guns at home.

“It’s disturbing, and I think it’s a question that we need to ask. Is there enough being done to teach gun safety? Is there enough being done to teach conflict resolution? Is there enough being done to store weapons safely and securely from minors?” says Holcombe.

The groups looked at statistical information from the shootings in each state ranging from suicides to assaults that came from arguments that escalated.

The report says Georgia is the state with the highest number of school shootings since the Newtown incident, followed closely behind by Florida.

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