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By Nigel Chiwaya, Polly DeFrank and Jeremiah Kimelman
This observer will continually strive to identify and contextualize shootings in all types of schools from kindergarten to college, throughout the US
The observer focuses on the school shooting segment, where an active shooter is injured, injured or killed by at least one student or faculty member at school or school. school event. Read all NBC news criteria related to school shooting, including the definition of an FBI active shooter.
Each time a large school photograph is taking place in the United States, the national conversation immediately indicates the number of similar events that occurred at that time. Watches broadcast by radio, published in the newspaper and shared on the Internet, differ according to the definition of news organization and school shooting
Several organizations and databases follow school violence, including Everytown for Gun Safety Washington Post School shooting database and US education Department. These publishers contribute to the public's understanding of the impact of weapons violence, although each of them can provide a different number of shots that occurred during a given period.
Dr. Daniel Webster, a professor at the John Hopkins Arms Policy and Research Center, said it was difficult to study weapon violence as what was considered a school shoot.
"Suppose the evening shot a school," Webster said. "It has nothing to do with school day and does not include a pupil, but you can set it up in a database because it is a school. This forces you to do something. “
Different amounts can cause confusion about the number of school fires. After hours of mass shooting Marjory Stoneman Douglas at High School Parkland, Florida, 2018 On February 14, Everytown for Gun Safety, which follows every fire at school, mentioned it was the 18th event in 2018. Twitter has been retreated more than 800 times, encouraging the Washington Post to note that only five of the 18 cases occurred during school hours and caused injury.
Dr. Lacey Wallace, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, told NBC News that broad definitions create inflated firing amounts, while inflated amounts cause public fear.
"The higher this figure, the more people are afraid to send their children to school," Wallace said.
"Our schools are pretty safe, and in most cases they are safer than the surrounding communities," said Wallace.
NBC News teams collaborated, studied existing school shooting databases and sources, and developed school shooting rate criteria for all of the company's news offices to better match their reports.