School Shootings

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Deadly shootings like the one at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last week inevitably raise the question:  how can schools keep students as safe as possible?  Among school safety experts, the answer to that question has been shifting. 

In 1997, a freshman at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, walked into the school’s lobby with a gun.  He shot eight students.  Three of them died.  It was a school shooting before the term “school shooting” meant much — Columbine was still a year and a half away.

Update: Police in Oregon say 1 student was killed in this morning's school shooting. The gunman is also dead.

There was a shooting at Seattle Pacific University this afternoon. As of 5pm Seattle Police believe a lone gunman shot four people before being disarmed by a University staff member. There are reports one person is dead, another is in critical condition and two others sustained less serious injuries.

How One Woman's Faith Stopped A School Shooting

Jan 31, 2014

Antoinette Tuff says her faith guided her through the scariest moment of her life. On Aug. 20, 2013, she was working in the front office of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., when a 20-year-old gunman stormed in with an AK-47 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.

While on the phone with police, Tuff calmed the gunman down. More than 800 students and 100 employees were at the school that day; not one was injured. Later, she was publicly recognized by everyone from her pastor to President Obama.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - School districts across the Northwest are revisiting their safety plans in the weeks following the shooting at Newtown, Conn. Now, one district in north Idaho is taking it a step further. Leaders there hope to raise taxes to pay for bullet proof glass, metal detectors and video monitoring systems.

Oregon Officials Review School Safety Policies

Dec 14, 2012
Oregon Department of Education website

The shootings at a Connecticut elementary school have top Oregon officials taking stock of school policies and procedures. The head of Oregon’s Department of Education, Rob Saxton, says he's reviewing safety with school districts. In ordering flags in Oregon to half-staff, Gov. John Kitzhaber said he supports “the President’s call for meaningful action, regardless of politics.”

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 Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee says in the days to come he will be listening for ideas on how to prevent the kind of school violence that occurred in Connecticut Friday. Inslee did not indicate if that would include gun control proposals.