Crime

Parkland School Shooting 208th Since Columbine: The Tragic List

Images from the aftermath of yesterday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida can't help recalling similar coverage during the 1999 attack on Columbine High School.
Images from the aftermath of yesterday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida can't help recalling similar coverage during the 1999 attack on Columbine High School. ABC News via YouTube
Reporters and anchors covering yesterday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, frequently mentioned the disturbing similarity between images from the latest tragic event, during which seventeen people died, and those from the April 20, 1999, attack on Columbine High School in Littleton. But Columbine's terrible legacy has been felt consistently over the intervening eighteen-plus years. As documented below, the Parkland incident was at least the 208th school shooting to take place in Columbine's wake.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first school-shootings rundown we've had to assemble. Our original post, published on April 20, 2009, the tenth anniversary of the massacre, counted 108 school shootings following Columbine. Including incidents noted in a 2012 update, shared after the December 2012 killings in Newtown, Connecticut, and a 2015 post published after the horrific mass shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, there have been another 100 since then.

What follows are brief descriptions from a comprehensive Wikipedia page about school shootings, with four of them having taken place in Colorado post-Columbine.

As you'll see, not all of these shootings resulted in multiple casualties. In some instances, there were no injuries or fatalities. But one of the things that's most shocking about the list is how little publicity many of these examples of on-campus gun violence have received. So common are school shootings that without high body counts, they're treated like typical local news. That's a sad testimony to the size and scope of the problem.

Here's the roster, starting with Columbine and continuing through Parkland.

A screen capture of surveillance video shows someone at extreme left, believed to be Dylan Klebold, hauling a duffel bag into the Columbine High School commons. - FILE PHOTO
A screen capture of surveillance video shows someone at extreme left, believed to be Dylan Klebold, hauling a duffel bag into the Columbine High School commons.
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April 20, 1999 Littleton, Colorado
Columbine High School massacre: 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold, students at Columbine High School, killed twelve students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair committed suicide at the end of the massacre.

May 20, 1999 Conyers, Georgia
15-year-old student Thomas "T.J." Solomon Jr., wounded six students at Heritage High School. A 15-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition, and the other victims suffered from non-life-threatening injuries. Solomon initially faced up to 351 years of prison if convicted of aggravated assault and other charges. In 2000 he was found guilty but mentally ill and was sentenced to forty years in prison and sixty-five years of probation.

November 19, 1999 Deming, New Mexico
13-year-old Victor Cordova Jr., fatally shot 13-year-old Deming Middle School schoolmate, Araceli Tena. Cordova said he had intended to commit suicide but was jostled by others and his gun moved.

December 6, 1999 Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
Before his middle school opened, 13-year-old Seth Trickey opened fire in the courtyard. While there were no fatalities, several students felt sparks from the bullets hitting the building walls. Five were injured, including a girl who was shot in the face. Trickey brought the gun from home.

February 29, 2000 Flint, Michigan
Shooting of Kayla Rolland: At Buell Elementary School, 6-year-old Dedrick Owens fatally shot 6-year-old classmate Kayla Rolland. Owens has since been the youngest documented school shooter.

May 26, 2000 Lake Worth, Florida
13-year-old honor student, Nathaniel Brazill, was sent home for throwing water balloons, but returned to his Lake Worth Middle School with a family pistol. He fatally shot teacher Barry Grunow, a popular teacher, he was Brazill's favorite.

August 28, 2000 Fayetteville, Arkansas
36-year-old James Easton Kelly, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at University of Arkansas, killed 67-year-old Dr. John R. Locke, the English professor overseeing his coursework. Kelly had been dismissed from this PhD program for lack of progress toward his degree. Kelly shot Dr. Locke three times before committing suicide in the director's office, which had been isolated by campus police.

September 26, 2000 New Orleans, Louisiana
13 year-olds Darrel Johnson, and Alfred Anderson were initially charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of 15 year-old William Pennington. Pennington, after being shot, managed to gain control of the gun and shoot Johnson in the back. Charges were later reduced to Aggravated Battery.

December 1, 2000 San Diego, California
A 15-year-old Junipero Serra High School student who showed off a handgun on campus and threatened to shoot a classmate, ended up accidentally shooting himself, causing minor injuries.

March 5, 2001 Santee, California
Santana High School shooting: 15-year-old student, Charles Andrew Williams, killed two students, 14-year-old Bryan Zuckor, and 15-year-old Randy Gordon, at Santana High School and wounded thirteen others. He was arrested and convicted of murder and attempted murder. He was sentenced to life with the chance of parole after serving fifty years.

March 7, 2001 Williamsport, Pennsylvania
14-year-old student, Elizabeth Catherine Bush, wounded fellow student Kimberly Marchese in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School; she had been frequently teased and suffered from depression.

May 16, 2001 Parkland, Washington
40-year-old music instructor and organist James D. Holloway was shot multiple times with a .22-caliber handgun at Pacific Lutheran University by a 55-year-old man from Tacoma. The shooter was not a student or employee of the university and also killed himself. The victim was apparently chosen at random as the shooter had a personal dispute with a different staff member who was not on campus that day.

March 22, 2001 El Cajon, California
18-year-old former student, Jason Hoffman, opened fire at Granite Hills High School, injuring five people. He was convicted of assault and sentenced to prison, where he committed suicide in 2002.

March 30, 2001 Gary, Indiana
17-year-old Donald Ray Burt Jr., fatally shot Neal Boyd, IV with one bullet to the head in a parking lot outside Lew Wallace High School.

January 15, 2002 New York City, New York
17-year-old Vincent Rodriguez, wounded two students at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Manhattan, with a semi-automatic pistol. He was retaliating for the victims having harassed his girlfriend. In February 2003, Rodriguez was sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of assault and attempted assault.

January 16, 2002 Grundy, Virginia
Appalachian School of Law shooting: Recently dismissed graduate student, 42-year-old Peter Odighizuwa, killed three at the Appalachian School of Law. 42-year-old dean Anthony Sutin, and 41-year-old professor Thomas Blackwell were killed along with 33-year-old student, Angela Dales. Three other students were also wounded. Odighizuwa received three life sentences and an additional 28 years without the possibility of parole until 2005.

February 20, 2002 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
16-year-old Washington High School student, Joseph Johnson Jr., was killed by Phillip D. Jackson Jr., when violence erupts between rival fans in the parking lot, after a basketball game between Vincent High School.

June 11, 2002 Conception, Missouri
71-year-old Lloyd Robert Jeffress opened fire at random in the halls of Conception Abbey, a monastery in northwest Missouri. He killed two monks and seriously wounded another two before fatally shooting himself. Two weapons, a Chinese-made replica of the AK-47 and a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle, were found near the body.

click to enlarge Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie, Maryland. - GOOGLE MAPS
Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie, Maryland.
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October 7, 2002 Bowie, Maryland
In the Beltway sniper attacks, one victim of several was 13-year-old Iran Brown, who was wounded as he arrived at Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie, Maryland. His aunt, a nurse who had just dropped him off, rushed him to a hospital emergency room. Despite serious injuries, Brown survived the attack.

October 28, 2002 Tucson, Arizona
Failing nursing college student and Gulf War veteran, 40-year-old Robert Stewart Flores Jr., killed three assistant professors of nursing at the University of Arizona, 50-year-old Robin Rogers, 44-year-old Cheryl McGaffic, and 45-year-old Barbara Monroe, before turning the gun on himself.

October 29, 2002 Jersey City, New Jersey
A 15-year-old student was shot in the abdomen and wounded inside a basement of Lincoln High School, during an argument with another student. Another 15-year-old student was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

April 14, 2003 New Orleans, Louisiana
John McDonogh High School shooting. 18-year-old Steven Williams, and 17-year-old James Tate opened fire with an AK-47 and a handgun in the gymnasium of John McDonogh High School, killing a 15-year-old student and wounding three female students. Williams was sentenced to life imprisonment, and Tate was sentenced to fifteen years.

April 24, 2003 Red Lion, Pennsylvania
14-year-old student James Sheets, entered Red Lion Area Junior High School armed with his stepfather's pistols. He killed the school's principal, Eugene Segro, before killing himself.

May 9, 2003 Cleveland, Ohio
On May 9, 2003, Biswanath Halder, a 62-year-old business school alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, killed a graduate student and wounded a professor and another student using a semi-automatic rifle. He held the building and its nearly 100 occupants hostage for seven hours before being apprehended by a SWAT team. He was sentenced to life in prison.

September 24, 2003 Cold Spring, Minnesota
Rocori High School shooting: 15-year-old John Jason McLaughlin, shot 15-year-old freshman Seth Bartell and 17-year-old senior Aaron Rollins at Rocori High School. Rollins was killed immediately, and Bartell died from his wounds sixteen days later. McLaughlin was sentenced to life in prison with the chance of parole in 2038.

February 2, 2004 Washington, D.C.
Thomas J. Boykin was acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old James Richardson, a football player at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington.

February 9, 2004 East Greenbush, New York
Jon W. Romano in East Greenbush, New York fired two rounds from a shotgun, wounding one teacher. He was tackled by the assistant principal and charged with one count of attempted murder.

May 7, 2004 Randallstown, Maryland
Two students were charged with a school shooting that arose from a dispute after a basketball game at Randallstown High School. Four persons were injured, two seriously. One student was paralyzed from the waist down.

February 8, 2005 Chicago, Illinois
An 18-year-old student at Bowen High School was shot in the leg as she left the school around 2:30 p.m.

March 2, 2005 Dover, Tennessee
14-year-old Jason Clinard, killed his bus driver, 47-year-old Joyce Gregory, as she stopped to pick him up. Gregory had earlier reported Clinard for using snuff on the school bus. Clinard was given a life sentence.

March 21, 2005 Red Lake, Minnesota
Red Lake shootings: 16-year-old student Jeffrey Weise, killed his grandfather and grandfather's companion at their home, where he had been living, at the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He drove to Red Lake Senior High School. Armed with his grandfather's police weapons, Weise killed five students, one teacher, and one security guard, wounding seven others, before committing suicide.

September 13, 2005 Chicago, Illinois
At Harlan Community Academy High School, a fight broke out between two 15-year-old boys in the gymnasium. Christopher Huff took out a pistol, shooting the other youth in the leg. A police officer on duty at the school arrested the gunman. The suspected shooter was charged as an adult with aggravated battery with a firearm.
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