1 Student Injured in Accidental Shooting at Alabama Elementary School; At Least 44 Killed and 83 Injured by Guns at Schools So Far This Year
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A second-grade student from Alabama was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Monday after allegedly shooting himself in the hand in a school restroom. Authorities say the incident was accidental.
The incident occurred Monday morning at Blossomwood Elementary School in Huntsville during a physical education class, according to Al.com. Authorities say the student brought a pistol to school from home and the weapon discharged as he showed it off to a classmate.
The student’s father, 41-year-old Letroy Cole, was arrested Tuesday and charged with receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm since he is a felon.
In 2018, at least 44 people have been killed and 83 have been injured due to shootings on school property. Learn more about each incident with our interactive map:
This map includes school shootings that took place on campus where a person was injured or killed. Incidents resulting in injury are labeled blue, while incidents resulting in death are labeled red. The most recent incident is indicated with a larger icon. Click on the icons to see details about each incident.
Behind the numbers:
Nationally, nearly 1,300 children (17 years old and younger) die from gunshot wounds each year and 5,790 are treated for injuries, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. While unintentional firearm deaths and homicides of children have decreased in recent years, suicides have spiked.
Among child gun deaths between 2012 and 2014, 53 percent were homicides, 38 percent were suicides, and 6 percent were unintentional.
Less than 3 percent of youth homicides and less than 1 percent of youth suicides occur at school, according to a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics.
If we’ve missed a school incident you think should be included in our coverage, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and bookmark this page for the latest reports of incidents involving the discharging of a firearm on school property that results in a wound or fatality.
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