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Shootings at US Elementary Schools Outnumbered Those at High Schools Last Year

The 2020-21 academic year saw the most elementary school shootings since 2001, data show

Police officers stand near a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022.

Police officers stand near a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022.

Photographer: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

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There were more shootings at US elementary schools than at high schools in the most recent academic year, data show.

Of the 145 schools that saw at least one shooting in the 2020-21 school year, 59 were elementary schools, according to data from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security analyzed by the National Center for Education Statistics. In the same period, shootings occurred at 57 high schools and 21 middle schools, as well as at eight schools that didn’t provide grade information.