Over the past half-century, more than 70 percent of campus shootings happened near the end of the school year.
Tuesday’s shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in which two students lost their lives, was no exception as it took place on the last day of classes.
While the UNC Charlotte incident doesn’t fit the FBI’s definition of a mass killing, which involves three or more deaths, it follows the same tragic pattern as decades of campus shootings, researchers found.
“If authorities better understood these patterns, they may be able to prevent future shootings,” Jillian Peterson of Hamline University and James Densley of Metropolitan State University wrote in an article for The Conversation. Their research is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Justice…
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Author: Mari A. Schaefer
Updated May 3, 2019