Headline RoundupDecember 15th, 2023

Fact Check: How Many School Shootings Happened in 2023?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Sources across the spectrum report different numbers on how many school shootings have happened so far in 2023.

Misleading Quotes: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said in April 2023 that there had been "more school shootings than days in the year" to date in 2023, an apparent reference to the Violence Project's "K-12 School Shooting Database", which tracks any incident in which "a gun is brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason, regardless of the number of victims, time, or day of the week."

Fact Checks: The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) moved to fact-check Murphy by distinguishing between shootings during school hours and violence near schools. The Examiner noted that under the K-12 database's definition, "a gang-related shooting near a school during which a bullet strikes a sidewalk on a weekend, with no students present," would count toward the number of "school shootings."

Differing Data: EducationWeek's (Center bias) tracker uses more limited criteria than that of the Violence Project. As of Dec. 31, EducationWeek tallied 37 school shootings in 2023; the Violence Project counted 346 incidents. Updated Jan. 8, 2024.

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