More Than 800,000 Students Live in School Districts Where Shootings Have Happened

Posted by on April 7, 2018 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments

John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP

By Aaron Kessler | CNN

One school shooting after another has struck communities across the country, and the toll goes beyond the dead and wounded.

Entire communities are damaged, from students who escaped to those attending schools in the area, to parents, friends, neighbors, clergy. As one Parkland, Florida, rabbi put it after the attack there a week ago, a shooting reverberates throughout the population — no one is truly untouched by such a tragedy.
“The entire community is torn and broken. Every child that was killed has five or 10 best friends that watched it happen and that dodged a bullet,” Rabbi Shuey Biston told NPR on Friday. “And we're grieving together. We're mourning together.”
The shooting a week ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has galvanized students — not just locally but also elsewhere — to become more vocal in pushing lawmakers to take action that would limit the frequency of such shootings.
“I'm terrified to go back to school,” Alex Wind, a student at Stoneman Douglas, told CNN's Anderson Cooper, explaining why he and his friends were speaking out. “I don't want to feel unsafe in my own school.”
If school shootings leave lasting scars on communities, how many people now go to school in an area where a shooting took place? Moreover, how many people live in such communities? Precise numbers are hard to quantify. But to help provide an estimate of how many people live in areas hit by such events, CNN examined nearly two dozen K-12 school shootings since Columbine in 1999.

 

An analysis of US census and Education Department data shows that more than 800,000 students go to school in public school districts where school shootings took place. More than 6 million people live within those districts, census data shows. That's 2% of the US population.
The school districts range from small districts of barely 1,000 students — like the 2006 shooting at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado — to larger ones like Nevada's 60,000-student Washoe County School District, where a shooting at Sparks Middle School in 2013 left students running for cover. The two largest districts studied are in Florida, where Broward and Palm Beach counties — like all those in Florida — have unified school districts composed of very dense populations. Broward alone has 269,000 students, and a population of 1.9 million, the analysis found. Palm Beach has 189,000 students in a population of 1.4 million.

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