School shootings in the US reached a 20-year high in 2021, federal data shows

Of those 93 shootings, 43 resulted in deaths while 50 injured, according to the 31-page report, which was released by NCES as part of a joint effort with the Bureau of Justice Statistics. NCES defined the school year as July 1, 2020 to June 3, 2021. The data showed that another 53 school shootings were reported with no casualties during that time.

In the 2020-2021 school year, “school shootings” include shootings that occurred on school campuses while classes were being conducted remotely, the study authors noted. They defined school shootings broadly by counting reports that students were present when firearms were fired on school property, but also reports that a firearm was present. on school grounds or that a ball was intended to strike school grounds.

As shootings have increased, their environment has also changed, the authors said, adding that “2020-21 was the first year since data collection began in which less than half of schools that had shootings were high schools”.

The report also revealed that from 2009 to 2020, the rate of student victims of non-fatal crime fell from 51 to 11 per 1,000 students. However, the percentage of schools reporting cyberbullying doubled over this period, from 8% in 2009-2010 to 16% in 2019-2020.

Governors of Texas and Iowa each announce $100 million to try to prevent next school massacre

After the deadliest school massacre in nearly a decade, two governors have pledged at least $100 million to try to help prevent similar tragedies.

On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced $105.5 million to support additional school safety and mental health initiatives through August 31, 2023.

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It was in his condition that an 18-year-old gunman opened fire with an AR-15 style rifle at Robb Primary School in Uvalde, killing 19 children and two teachers.

Among other things, the funding will provide money for bulletproof shields, for school districts to purchase silent panic alert technology, and for rapid response training by the Rapid Response Training Center for Advanced Law Enforcement (ALERRT), according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“The State of Texas is acting quickly to ensure our schools are safe and that Texas children, teachers and families have the support and resources they need to be safe as we work to prevent future tragedies like the heinous crime at Uvalde,” Abbott said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott visits a makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School on May 29.

Also on Tuesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced a $100 million investment in school safety after the Uvalde massacre.

The funding will directly benefit Iowa’s 327 school districts and 83 nonpublic and independent schools.

“Americans are asking what can be done to prevent this from happening again. Every family should be able to send their children to school with confidence knowing they will be safe,” Reynolds said.

The Iowa Governor’s School Safety Office — part of the Iowa Department of Public Safety — will soon be staffed with special agents, criminal intelligence analysts and communications specialists dedicated to the school safety, Reynolds said.

The resources will implement technology to make it easier for the public to report threats anonymously, provide schools with digital mapping of incidents and radios, and provide specialized training in response to educators and law enforcement, a said the governor.

The largest portion of the investment, more than $80 million, will go towards conducting school district vulnerability assessments and launching a grant program to help schools pay for recommended security upgrades, said Reynolds.

The mayor of Uvalde, teachers and police officers will testify

Back in Texas, the state house investigative committee into the Robb Elementary shooting is scheduled to meet in Uvalde on Wednesday to hear guest testimony from Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and several teachers and police officers.

The witness list includes professors Jennieka Rodriguez, Sasha Martinez, Lynn Deming and Nicole Ogburn, as well as Uvalde police officers Juan Saucedo, Lt. Mariano Pargas, Sgt. Eduardo Canales and Lieutenant Javiar Martinez.

Due to the quasi-judicial nature of the committee’s investigation, witnesses will be questioned in camera in executive session.

CNN’s Jeremy Grisham, Rosa Flores and Rosalina Nieves contributed to this report.

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