Violent trend of school shootings comes to Seattle
The tragic trend of school shootings across the country has now reached western Washington.
Until today, the closest school shooting of 2022 was in Yakima. On March 15, one 16-year-old student was killed and an 18-year-old student was injured in a shooting in the parking lot of the school stadium.
The issue has become so bad, that Education Week, a source for educators, now keeps track of all school shootings. It was last updated Oct. 31.
There have been 40 school shootings this year that resulted in injuries or deaths, the most in a single year since Education Week began tracking such incidents in 2018. There have been 133 such shootings since 2018. Prior to 2022, the highest number of school shootings with injuries or deaths was last year when there were 35. There were 10 in 2020, and 24 each in 2019 and 2018.
Latest Situation until today
On Oct. 24, two people—a female teacher and a 15-year-old female student—were killed and seven students were injured in a shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, Mo. Read more.
Source: Education Week
US News and World Report said “Texas (is) leading the pack as the state with the highest number of incidents in the past 10 years.”
According to data compiled by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., there have been 43 incidents in Texas, 41 in California, 37 in Illinois, 31 in Florida, and 26 in Pennsylvania.
The trend of school shootings has been going up since 2012. That’s the year when 20 children and six adults died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The only exception to this trend was the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic when many school buildings were closed.
According to USA Facts, “Thirty-two incidents from 2000 to 2020 occurred during school hours, including 18 when classes were in session, three during lunchtime, and 11 during school dismissal. In 2019–20, another 80 incidents happened at other times.”
In the Yakima school shooting in March, The Yakima Herald-Republic reported:
Additional details have emerged in a fatal shooting outside Eisenhower High School last week, as the 15-year-old suspect was arraigned Thursday on murder and assault charges.
During the arraignment hearing in Yakima County Juvenile Court, Judge Ruth Reukauf continued the suspect’s $500,000 bail. He entered a not-guilty plea to second-degree murder, nine counts of first-degree assault, and one count each of second-degree unlawful firearms possession and carrying a firearm on school property.
The suspect is accused of fatally shooting his cousin, 16-year-old Shawn Dwight Tolbert, during an altercation between two groups of teens in the high school parking lot March 15.
Washington state has ranked near the bottom of states in regards to school shootings.