Five school shootings in one week

From yesterday’s Los Angeles Times:

DEKALB, ILL. — A gunman dressed all in black stepped on stage in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday and opened fire on a geology class.

A short time later, five students were dead and the gunman had killed himself on the lecture hall stage. Sixteen others were wounded, at least two of them critically.

Early Friday, the DeKalb County coroner said another student shot at the lecture hall had died, bringing the toll to seven, including the gunman.

It was the fifth school shooting in a week in the U.S. …

Last Friday, a woman shot two students to death and killed herself at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. Also Friday, a man shot at his wife, a teacher, in an elementary school in Portsmouth, Ohio. This week, a high school student in Memphis, Tenn., was shot, allegedly by a classmate, during gym class. And a 15-year-old was shot at a junior high in Oxnard; he has been declared brain-dead.

I wish I could say that I find this news shocking.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bridgett
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 00:06:45

    it wears me out to think about it. I’ve been caught up in the local violence here in St. Louis, I hadn’t heard about 3 of these..


  2. Stephen
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 10:08:32

    I don’t think they make much mention of these things in the media anymore. The “smaller” events only got mentioned by the Times because of the Northern Illinois U. shootings.

    Of course, I sometimes think it would be better if the media did ignore these events: letting the murderer die in a blaze of glory isn’t such a good idea.

    But I think some of these events aren’t reported because they’re no longer newsworthy beyond the local community. And that’s very sad.


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