Terrorism, murder, mass shootings, these are things we hear about a lot.
If a mass shooting happens, we hear about it for weeks on end, and due to the way some media outlets cover those events, copycats get encouraged.
You can read more about our article about that over HERE.

Our World In Data writer Hannah Ritchie made a shocking article exposing media bias, and shows everyone who reads the article, how misrepresented so many events are.
You can click HERE to read it for yourself.

This graph shows us the actual causes of deaths, the results one would get when using google, and what the media covers.
Even though terrorism is only responsible for less than 0.01% of all deaths, and homicide is only responsible for 0.9% of all deaths, they get a combined coverage of around 58.4%!

The actual causes of death are mostly underrepresented in the media, while deaths by terrorism and homicide are overrepresented.

There are a few reasons why this happens.
The first being that media companies need to get eyes watching their content.
Without those eyes, they don’t earn money, and in the end, a company needs to earn money to sustain itself.
People don’t want to read about things like heart disease or cancer that much.
It is seen as “boring” and seeing murder and terrorism doesn’t happen that often, it’s often sensationalized.

The issue with this is that a lot of people will get the wrong impression of what is actually happening.
School shootings don’t happen often, but some could have the impression that it happens on a weekly basis.
I myself while writing this article, had to check how many school shootings have happened, as I was under the impression that at least every two weeks a shooting occurred.

13 school shootings happened in 2019 so far, but what is a “school shooting?”
Out of the 13 school shootings that happened in 2019, only 3 of them were deadly, and a total of 3 people died, and 33 injured.

A school shooting means exactly what the name suggests, a shooting inside or around a school.
From a pellet gun being shot, to an accidental misfire are all counted as “school shootings.”
Mass shootings in schools are extremely rare, and down below you’ll find all the school shootings that happened so far in 2019 as of 6-13-2019.
The date, place and a short description with links to the original sources for those who are curious.

January 25, 2019: Mobile, Alabama
Two males were wounded after basketball game at Davidson High School, but between Blount High School and Murphy High School, the 15-year old suspect fled the scene before law enforcement arrived and was not arrested until February 8 (making him the first school shooter to ever go two weeks without being caught). His mother was arrested for harboring a fugitve. *Source*

January 31, 2019: Memphis, Tennessee
At Manassas High School, a 14-year-old student was shot by a pellet gun. *Source*

Febuary 8, 2019: Baltimore, Maryland
A 25-year-old was confronted by an adult staff member of Frederick Douglas High School, as to his purpose on being on school grounds, in response the gunman shot and injured the staff member.
*Source*

February 12, 2019: Kansas City, Missouri
During a basketball game at the Central Academy of Excellence, an argument between two groups led to the groups being escorted out in a staggered fashion. However, as the second group was being escorted out 15-year old Anjanique Wright in the group was shot and later pronounced dead at the hospital. Two female students were charged with her murder. *Source*

February 26, 2019: Montgomery, Alabama
At Robert E. Lee High School, a 17-year-old student was shot and wounded in the arm. The gunman, a fellow student, had previously shot another student at the school in less than a two year period. *Source*

March 22, 2019: Blounstville, Alabama
A substitute teacher at Blountsville Elementary School, unlawfully brought a small caliber weapon into the classroom, which discharged while in his pocket. *Source*

April 1, 2019: Prescott, Arkansas
A 14-year-old male student with a concealed weapon shot a 14-year-old classmate at Prescott High School in what police described as a “premeditated attack”. The victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition. The shooter was apprehended by school resource officers. *Source*

April 25, 2019: Dekalb County
A 14-year-old who was in the woods shot and injured 10 children at a playground at Wynbrooke Elementary School with a BB or pellet gun. The suspect was not arrested until May and is being charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault, one for each student injured in the incident *Source*

April 25, 2019: Texas City, Texas
At College of the Mainland, a police cadet student, reached into his backpack and accidentally discharged a loaded handgun. Two other students were shot in the leg, and a third was grazed. *Source*

April 30, 2019: Charlotte, North Carolina
A shooter on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus killed 2 and injured 4 on the last day of classes. *Source*

May 6, 2019: Riverview, Florida
A person shot through a window of an elementary school bus with 11 kids inside. *Source*

May 7, 2019: Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Two shooters killed 1 student and injured 8 others at STEM School Highlands Ranch. *Source*

May 7, 2019: Savannah, Georgia
A man who was not a student at Savannah State University shot and wounded a student at a residence hall. *Source*

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Maarten Legan
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