Congress has been reluctant to approve more money for gun violence research, but two former postgraduate students in Monterey, California, did their own.
A new database with information on every school shooting in the last 50 years is now available to the public online.
David Riedman, a former student at the Naval Post Graduate School put together the site while working on a project for the Center for Homeland Security.
“We wanted to record every single time that a gun has been brandished, fired or a bullet hits school property for any reason regardless of the time of day or day of the week,” said David Riedman, former NPS student. “When we got online, and we were looking for information and looking through official databases. We couldn’t find a single source that provided us really comprehensive information about school shootings.”
Online, you can search by location. In Youngstown, a shooting outside Rayen High School in 1973 is listed. In that shooting, three people were injured.
Any time a gun has gone off in or around a school is recorded, even suicides. You can also search the site using the 16 different categories in the database ranging from suicides to fights.
There are a total of 53 incidents across Ohio, and 50 in Pennsylvania.
“What we found is that the majority of school shootings happen during disputes that escalate into a shooting,” Riedman said.
The 1973 shooting at Rayen High School started over a girl and escalated into the shooting.
Riedman said he hopes the site will be useful to many but sees it as a particularly good tool for school administrators building budgets and making plans for school security.
“If you look at school shootings and you see that many of them occur outside of the school building that might make you think twice about fortifying classrooms, so we just want people to have an information source to weigh their decisions against,” Riedman said.