Headline RoundupAugust 29th, 2023

Fact Check: How Many School Shootings Have Happened in 2023?

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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 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 Aug. 31, EducationWeek had tallied 27 school shootings in 2023; the Violence Project had counted 223 incidents. Last updated Aug. 31.

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