Eleven days before Christmas 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary school, where he shot and killed 20 kids and 6 adults before killing himself.
On May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger, 22, went on an apparently hate-fueled rampage at the University of California at Santa Barbara, killing six and wounding 13 before fatally shooting himself. On May 22 he posted this video.
One March day in 1996, Thomas Hamilton went into his local village school and started firing four guns at students and teachers. The brutal rampage left 17 people murdered, including one teacher and 16 children. Another 17 would survive the horrifying incident but be haunted with nightmares for the rest of their lives.
1979 school shooter Brenda Spencer told a journalist she did it because “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day,” but of course that wasn’t really the real reason.
On March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton, 43, opened fire inside a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane, killing 16 children and one adult. The massacre led to a ban on most handguns in the United Kingdom.
With few exceptions, the school massacres we suffer in America are perpetrated by white boys in suburban areas. We try to understand why.
15-year-old Lawrence “Larry” King asked his fellow classmate, on a dare, to be his Valentine. That classmate was Brandon McInerney and a couple days later, McInerney shot King in a computer lab at school. King died. The story is rife with high-school self-consciousness and the pushing the edges of gender and behavior — it was the subject of HBO’s documentary “Valentine Road.”
On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into the École Polytechnique at the University of Montreal carrying a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle. He entered a classroom and told all the men to leave. Claiming he was “fighting feminism,” he opened fire. In all, Lépine killed 14 women, and injured 10 more women and four men before turning the gun on himself.
Nearly one year later, the legal battle between the town and the state Freedom of Information Commission is over. Last month a judge ruled to release the 911 calls related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Now the town has dropped its appeal, and the tapes are public, including seven made from inside the school during the shooting.
Police are still trying to figure out why a soft-spoken 12-year-old student from the Sparks Middle School outside Reno, Nevada, opened fire Monday around 7 a.m., killing one teacher and wounding two students before turning the gun on himself.