> January 3, 2018: East Olive Elementary School, St. Johns, MI
> January 4, 2018: New Start High School, Seattle WA
> January 6, 2018: Forest City School District, Forest City, Iowa
> January 9, 2018: Coronado Elementary School, Sierra Vista, AZ
> January 10, 2018: California State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA
> January 10, 2018: Grayson College, Denison, TX
> January 15, 2018: Wiley College, Marshall, TX
> January 20, 2018: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
> January 22, 2018: The Net Charter School, Gentilly, LA
> January 22, 2018: Italy High School, Italy, TX
> January 23, 2018: Marshall County High School, Marshall County, KY:
Two students, one male and one female, both age 15, were killed in the deadliest school shooting of the year so far on Tuesday in Kentucky. The first victim, the teenage girl named Bailey Holt, passed away at the scene, and the second, Preston Cope, passed away at the hospital. More than 15 others were injured.
The suspect is another 15-year-old student, who will be charged with murder, according to the governor. According to police, he walked into the school at 8:57 a.m. with a loaded handgun. The first 911 call came two minutes later.
Law enforcement said that the victims who were injured ranged from ages 14 to 18, including one special needs student who was shot in the arm. His arm may now need to be amputated, CNN reported.
Gun violence on school property… what else is new? There were 11 school shootings in the United States in the first month of 2018. Addy Baird is keeping track:
2018 has already seen 13 mass shootings, too — an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter — according to the GunViolence Archive.
While the nation is flailing away at the terrible opioid epidemic, Karen Hacker, M.D. and Taili Thompson from the Allegheny County (PA) Health Department say another epidemic is “taking its toll, and there are negligible resources to address it”:
In many of our communities in Allegheny County, there is a largely unrecognized contagious disease killing our children. Our communities are being exposed every day to this terrible disease, and we don’t have enough resources, advocacy or treatment to help prevent its spread.
It is not opioid addiction; it is gun violence. Violence works the same way that many of our most contagious diseases work: You can “catch it.” This doesn’t mean that you inhale it or swallow it, but we do know that your chance of being a victim or perpetrator of violence increases greatly the more you are exposed to it.
An “all hands on deck” approach is required to treat this crisis, the authors urge:
We cannot sit idly by and watch as the disease of violence takes one young life after another. To combat violence will take the whole village. It will take renewed and ongoing efforts aimed at addressing the root causes, including poverty, institutional racism, guns and drugs.
Everyone will need to participate, including those working in public health, human services, law enforcement, criminal justice, faith communities, nonprofits, foundations, residents and schools. As the disease of violence continues to spread through our communities, we must fight back.
Yes, we must — all of us.
Addendum: CNN — February 1, 2018:
Police arrested a 12-year-old girl Thursday after a morning shooting at a Los Angeles middle school left five people injured, including two with significant gunshot wounds, officials said.
The girl, who was not identified because she is a juvenile, faces charges of negligent discharge of a firearm, police spokesman Tony Im said.
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head but doctors stabilized him, said officials at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. A 15-year-old girl who was shot in the wrist was also hospitalized.
Two other students, ages 11 and 12, suffered graze wounds, and a 30-year-old woman suffered a minor injury in the chaos after the shooting, officials said.