List of attacks related to primary schools

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This is a list of attacks related to primary schools. These are attacks that have occurred on school property or related primarily to school issues or events. A broad definition of the word attacks is used for this list so as to include public attacks or one's self (suicide).

Primary school and kindergarten incidents[edit]

Date Location Attacker(s) Casualties[a] Dead Injured Description
July 26, 1764 Franklin County, Pennsylvania, British America Four Lenape warriors 10–11 dead, 2 injured 10–11 2 Enoch Brown school massacre. On July 26, 1764, four Lenape American Indian warriors entered a log schoolhouse of white settlers in what is now Franklin County, Pennsylvania, near present-day Greencastle. Inside were the schoolmaster, Enoch Brown, and twelve young students. Brown pleaded with the warriors to spare the children before being shot and scalped. The warriors then began to tomahawk and scalp the children, killing nine or ten of them (reports vary). Two children who had been scalped survived.[1]
September 28, 1850 West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States George Pharoah, 19 1 dead 1 At the Rocky Hill schoolhouse, students found their young teacher (about 18), Miss Rachael Sharpless shot dead in the doorway of the school. George Pharoah, 19 years old, shot her while hiding behind a tree as she was unlocking the door. He used a copy of the Saturday Evening Post in a wad to muffle the sound, where parts of the magazine was found at the scene and in his pockets.[2]
August 16, 1856 Florence, Alabama, United States 2 dead 2 The school master had a tame sparrow of which he was very fond, and had warned the students that if any of them killed it, they will die by his hands. By accident, or intentionally, one of the boys stepped on the bird and killed it. Alarmed by the threats, the boy was afraid to return to school, but the Master begged him to come back. He did so, and after the lessons were finished, he took the boy into a private room, and strangled him. Upon the boy's father hearing what had occurred, he loaded his gun and went and shot the schoolmaster dead.[3]
February 6, 1864 Ashland County, Ohio, United States George W. Longfelt 1 dead 1 The school teacher of the Pyfer's School House, George W. Longfelt shot and instantly killed student Alfred Desem, and fled.[4]
February 16, 1867 Knights Ferry, California, United States 2 dead 2 Mr. McGinnis was shot and killed by his daughter's teacher after McGinnis threatened the teacher for expelling his daughter from school. When McGinnis's son learned of this, he went to the school and killed the teacher.[5]
June 8, 1867 New York City, New York, United States Arthur Day, 13 1 injured 1 At Public School No. 18, 13-year-old Arthur Day brought a loaded pistol, without the knowledge of his parents or school-teachers, and shot and injured classmate Robert Morton.[6]
December 22, 1868 Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States 3 dead 3 A boy who refused to be whipped and left school, returned with his brother and a friend, the next day to seek revenge on his teacher. Not finding the teacher at the school, they continued to his house, where a gun battle rang out, leaving three dead. Only the brother survived.[7]
January 27, 1871 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States 1 dead 1 John Roberts, a little boy of ten or twelve, accidentally had one of his eyes shot out at school and died.[8]
June 22, 1871 LaGrange County, Indiana, United States Chauncey Barnes 2 dead 2 Anna Dwight, the schoolmistress of Stone Lake Schoolhouse, is shot to death outside her schoolhouse by Chauncey Barnes, a rejected suitor. Barnes then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head several times.[9]
February 11, 1873 Wisconsin, United States 1 injured 1 A father shot the school mistress for whipping his son[10]
March 9, 1873 Salisbury, Maryland, United States George W. Hall 2 dead 2 After school as Miss Shockley was walking with four small children, she was approached by George W. Hall Hall and shot. The Schoolmaster ran out, but she was dead instantly. Hall threw himself under a train that night.[11]
January 26, 1876 San Francisco, California, United States 1 injured 1 A young boy at the Lincoln Primary School accidentally shot himself while playing with a pistol under his desk. His fingers were badly hurt and he received a flesh wound to his leg. The principal, Miss Kate Sullivan, sent him home in the hopes that his parents would teach him to be a little more careful when handling firearms.[12]
December 6, 1877 San Juan Capistrano, California, United States 1 dead 1 The schoolmaster committed suicide by shooting himself after hours. He wrote on the blackboard, "May this solve the problem".[13]
May 24, 1878 St. Paul, Minnesota, United States Allie McDonald 1 injured 1 A boy, Luckert, accidentally shot and wounded another boy, Allie McDonald at the Neill school. The bullet passed out, and the youth was said to recover. Mrs. McDonald went to the police station, but no formal complaint was filed.[14]
December 1880 Sacramento, California, United States Julia A. Finn As George E. Landers was teaching at the Willow Slough school house, Julia A. Finn drove up in a buggy and called out to him. When he came out to talk, Julia ask him to marry her, and he refused. Julia then took out a gun and fired three shots at him, but missed. She was then tried for attempted murder.[15]
December 1, 1881 Santa Monica, California, United States Mr. Williams 1 dead 1 While working late on the program for the children's concert at the school house, the school master O'Donnell, and one of the parent's got into an argument, the parent Williams pulled a gun and fatally shot O'Donnell in the back.[16]
December 22, 1881 Shelby County, Indiana, United States Charles J. Gregory 1 injured 1 Charles J. Gregory, a school teacher shot at a pupil, at close range because he refused to write on the a slate. The bullet missed the boy, but his face was filled with powder. The teacher was arrested with great excitement.[17]
January 1882 Iola, Kansas, United States A group of boys shot into a school house, but no one was hurt. Two of the boys were arrested and pleaded guilty three weeks later. They were fined $9.00 each.[18]
February 14, 1883 Florence, Nebraska, United States Harbaugh 3 injured 3 As the children were playing, and throwing snowballs in the front yard of the Ponca Creek school house, a wagon pulled up with three young men and engaged in a snowball fight. When they were leaving, one of the men pointed his 45 caliber, and accidentally shot and injured three of the school children. Harbaugh, the young man who shot surrendered himself.[19]
November 1883 Barber County, Kansas, United States As a bunch of drunken cowboys traveled through the area, they stopped at each schoolhouse forcing the teacher to drink whiskey. They first stopped at the Mayhew schoolhouse and forced teacher, Mr. Beals to drink from the bottle they had. They fired several shots at the next. At the following schoolhouse, on Bluff creek, they shot off the lock, filled the door full of bullets, and shot the lights and windows out. They fired several shots at the next building, doing little damage. Finally, they arrived at District 72's schoolhouse and forced the teacher, John Lowry, to drink whiskey.[20]
January 23, 1884 Sidney, Nebraska, United States 1 injured 1 A school boy accidentally shot himself in the hand while fooling around with a pistol. He had pointed the pistol at one of the school girls just moments earlier.[21]
February 28, 1884 Danville, Virginia, United States Allen Wamack, 15 2 injured 2 As Allen Wamack, a fifteen-year-old boy drove by a "negro" school house, he called out "school butter." The entire school emptied out and attacked him, several shot were fired at him, and he returned fire shooting two students.[22]
March 15, 1884 Gainesville, Georgia, United States In the middle of the day, a group of very drunk Jackson County farmers left the Jug Tavern, drinking and shooting their revolvers as they headed down the street driving people into their homes. As they approached the female academy, the girls fled the schoolyard into the school where the gang followed, swearing and shooting, firing several rounds into the front door. No one was hurt.[23]
August 26, 1884 Markdale, Ontario, Canada William Norris, 28 1 dead, 1 injured 1 1 28-year-old teacher William Norris shot and wounded his assistant, a young woman named Fanny Ford, in his schoolhouse after she rejected his marriage proposal. Norris then committed suicide.[24][25][26]
June 12, 1887 Cleveland, Tennessee, United States Will Guess 1 dead 1 Will Guess went to the school and fatally shot Miss Irene Fann, his little sister's teacher, for whipping her the day before.[27]
May 17, 1889 Washington, District of Columbia, United States Oswald C. Allen 2 dead 2 Sarah E. Allen, a third grade teacher at the Jefferson school, is shot to death in front of her class by her estranged husband Oswald C. Allen, who then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.[28]
April 24, 1890 Brazil, Indiana, United States Ben Corbery 1 injured 1 While the pupils of the Meridian Street School were at play, Ben Corbery drew a revolver and shot Cora Brubach, aged 10, seriously wounding her in the face. The reason for the assault was that the girl had informed the teacher of Ben's misconduct.[29]
January 20, 1891 Syracuse, New York, United States Wilber F. Baker 1 dead 1 In an abusive rage, Wilber F. Baker went to the Bassett Street School where his wife was teaching, entered the classroom and shot her five times, killing her. He was caught by police after a 40-mile chase.[30]
March 30, 1891 Liberty, Mississippi, United States 14 injured 14 During a school exhibition and concert given at the Parson Hill schoolhouse, just as the performances were starting in front of a large mixed audience of black people and white people, crowded with teachers, pupils, and spectators, a double barreled shotgun, heavily charged with shot, was fired into the assemblage by an unknown assailant. 14 people were wounded, some seriously.[31]
April 9, 1891 Newburgh, New York, United States James Foster, 70 5 injured 5 70-year-old James Foster fired a shotgun at a group of male students in the playground of St. Mary's Parochial School, causing minor injuries to several of the students.[32]
December 13, 1898 Charles Town, West Virginia, United States 6 dead, several injured 6 unknown During the School exhibition, a group of young men attempted to break up a student performance. The teacher Fisher, tried to throw the trouble makers out, when the group turned on him and several of the audience members jumped up to assist, when a free for all fight broke out. Harry Flasher was shot in the heart and instantly killed, Henry Carney was fatally shot in the back, Ralph Jones and two others were also fatally shot, George Gibson was shot in the hand, and Haz Harding had his skull crushed and several others received minor wounds[33]
December 21, 1898 New York City, New York, United States Samuel Jacobson, 8 1 injured 1 Samuel Jacobson, student at Grammar School 85, stabbed his 8-year-old classmate Hans Pietze with a pocketknife after he fell over the latter's foot. Both students were said to have quarreled often before.[34]
December 28, 1898 Sioux City, Iowa, United States Harry Garvey 2 dead 2 Teacher, May Thomas was lured out of the schoolhouse by Harry Garvey who was devoted to her, but she had refused his further attentions. He then pulled a revolver out and shot her dead, then killed himself.[35]
May 12, 1900 Danbury, Connecticut, United States Herbert Horton 1 dead 1 After being repeatedly refused by Teacher Lillian Owen, Herbert Horton went to the schoolhouse and pleaded one last time. He then pulled out a revolver and demanded entry or he would kill himself. Miss Owen and pupils barricaded the door. Horton then shot himself in the chest.[36]
September 3, 1900 Boise, Idaho, United States H. C. Branstetter During an exciting school board committee elections, H. C. Branstetter attempted to murder H. B. Eastman. One shot was fired, but the gun was struck down and the weapon was snatched from Branstetter before he could shoot again.[37]
February 26, 1902 Camargo, Illinois, United States Fletcher R. Barnett 2 dead 2 Teacher Fletcher R. Barnett shot and killed another teacher, Eva C. Wiseman, in front of her class at a school near Camargo, Illinois. After shooting at a pupil who came to help Miss Wiseman and wounding himself in a failed suicide attempt he waited in the classroom until a group of farmers came to lynch him. He then ran out of the school building, grabbed a shotgun from one of the farmers and shot himself, before running away and leaping into a well where he finally drowned. The incident was likely sparked by Wiseman's refusal to marry Barnett.[38]
October 6, 1902 Droyssig, Austria-Hungary ..., 40 4 dead, 3 injured 4 3 A schoolmaster killed three children and injured another three, when he suddenly drew a revolver from his desk and shot at his pupils, before he himself was lynched by infuriated villagers.[39]
October 9, 1902 Altona, Manitoba, Canada Henry I. Toews, 33 2 dead, 5 injured 2 5 After meeting with the board of trustees for showing extreme malice towards some of his pupils, school teacher Henry Toews shot the three school trustees and three of their children, one of them fatally, before fleeing from the school ground and shooting himself in the head. He died of this wound on January 19, 1903.[40][41]
September 27, 1904 Mount Ayr, Iowa, United States Samuel Egly 1 dead 1 Two school directors got into a heated discussion over school business. When Director Samuel Egly threatened Director William Kling with an ax, Kling shot Egly through the heart, killing him.[42]
October 10, 1906 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Harry Smith, 25 2 dead 2 Harry Smith shot and killed 22-year-old teacher Mary Shepard at South Euclid School after she had rejected him. Smith escaped and committed suicide in a barn near his home two hours later.[43]
March 23, 1907 Carmi, Illinois, United States George Nicholson 1 dead 1 George Nicholson shot and killed John Kurd at a schoolhouse outside of Carmi, Illinois during a school rehearsal. The motive for the shooting was Kurd making a disparaging remark about Nicholson's daughter during her recital.[44]
December 20, 1907 Chico, California, United States 1 dead 1 Arthur Roberts, aged 9 years, was shot in the head and killed during a military drill by the school children of the Dayton school district. The children, armed with old guns believed to be empty, aimed and pulled triggers. Instantly the Roberts boy, who had just emerged from the school building, threw his hands to his head and cried, "I'm shot."[45]
March 20, 1908 Los Angeles, California, United States Ruth Sargent, 12 1 dead 1 Ruth Sargent, a 12-year-old student at the San Pedro Street School, shot herself. She asked permission to leave the class in the middle of a lesson, but the teacher refused. So, she got up pointed a gun at the teacher and left the class room, went down the stairs and shot herself. The students and teachers rushed to her side and she said "I shot myself and no one is to blame." The bullet entered the left breast, missed the heart, perforated the lung, and lodged near the spine. Her father said she was distraught over the workload at school.[46]
February 12, 1909 San Francisco, California, United States Demetri Treschenko, 48 1 dead, 1 injured 1 1 10-year-old Dorothy Malakanoff was shot and killed by 48-year-old Demetri Treschenko as she arrived at her school in San Francisco. Treschenko then shot himself in a failed suicide attempt. Treschenko was reportedly upset that Malakanoff refused to elope with him.[47]
June 10, 1909 Trinidad, Colorado, United States Walter Harris, 11 1 dead 1 Walter Harris, 11 years old student accidentally shot and killed his teacher B. C. Briggs in the head while on a school field trip.[48]
August 18, 1909 Bakersfield, California, United States A group of six young men after dove hunting, deliberately shot out the glass in the doors and windows of the Fruitvale School, then shot at the nearby residence of A. J. Hunter, narrowly missing several children in the rear yard.[49]
September 11, 1909 Gravette, Arkansas, United States John Butram 1 dead 1 John Butram, an unruly student at the Bear Hollow School announced to his fellow students that school is canceled. The teacher, A. T. Kelly insisted that the day's lesson was not over. Butram then drew a knife on his teacher, so the teacher drew his gun and shot him.[50]
January 12, 1910 New York City, New York, United States 1 dead, 1 injured 1 1 "A black bearded maniac drew an automatic pistol" and fired five shots into a crowd of the Harlem School boys. The kids were taunting him, so he shot into the crowd of children. Robert Lomas, aged 6, was hit in the heart and died instantly, Arthur Shively also aged 6 was shot through the left lung and critically wounded.[51]
January 10, 1912 Warrenville, Illinois, United States Sylvester E. Adams 2 dead 2 Sylvester E. Adams shot and killed teacher Edith Smith after she rejected his advances. Adams then shot and killed himself. The incident took place in a schoolhouse about a mile outside of Warrenville after the students had been dismissed for the day.[52]
January 17, 1913 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Manuel Fernandez 2 dead, 7 injured 2 7 While the children in the schoolhouse were quietly seated, Manuel Fernandez entered the classroom and shot his wife, the teacher, Johanna Fernandez killing her with a shotgun. Seven of the children were hit by the scattering buckshot, dangerously wounding one. He then shot and killed himself. Jealousy is quoted as the motive.[53]
June 20, 1913 Bremen, Germany Heinz Schmidt, 30 5 dead, 23 injured 5 23 Bremen school shooting. 30-year-old unemployed teacher Heinz Schmidt entered St.-Marien-Schule and indiscriminately shot at students and teachers, killing four students and injuring 23 other people. Another student died from injuries she sustained while falling down a flight of stairs while trying to escape the shooting. A furious crowd outside the school eventually subdued Schmidt and he was arrested by police.[54]
January 9, 1914 Madison, Wisconsin, United States John Spooner, 40 2 dead 2 John Spooner, 40 years old, son of U.S. Ambassador, Roger C. Spooner, and nephew of Senator John C. Spooner went to the Madison school, then called teacher Miss Emily McConnell, 35 years old, to the hallway, and without conversation, shot and killed her with a revolver. Then, turned the gun on himself, leaving a wife and two children behind. John, had become infatuated with his wife's friend four years earlier and pursued her relentlessly. Emily's mother called the school every day to check on her as she was awaiting a transfer to Bermuda Islands. She was to leave the day she was killed.[55]
September 22, 1916 Bemidji, Minnesota, United States 1 injured 1 Miss Olga Dahl, the 19-year-old teacher at the Round Lake District School, was found the next day, tied to a tree near the school, assaulted and shot twice in the face. Miss Dahl was working late after all the pupils had gone home, when a man with a revolver entered the school house and ordered her to keep quiet and obey his orders. She was not expected to live, and all available men in Ithasca County joined in the hunt for the assailant.[56]
December 26, 1916 Danville, Kentucky, United States Thomas Thornton 1 dead, 3 injured 1 3 During the Christmas tree celebration at the Harris Creek School with a packed room of children and visitors, a fight broke out. No one knows who fired the first shot, but William Benedict, Sr. was instantly shot dead; William Benedict, Jr. was shot in the ankle; Bourdon Galloway was shot in the right arm; and Mike Gaddis was shot in the leg. Many others were injured fleeing the bullets by diving out windows and ducking under seats. It was said that the disturbance was created by Thomas Thornton, who had been drinking and was told to calm down Benedict, when Thomas' brother George left and returned with a revolver.[57]
January 18, 1917 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States John M. Couch 2 dead 2 At the Wheeler school building, teacher Miss Neilie M. Dunn was shot dead in the hall by a masked man in front of teachers and students. The shooter then left the school and went to the music studio and shot dead Rowland D. Williams the vocal teacher. The two were reportedly romantically involved. Mr. John M. Couch, Brother of former Captain W William Lewis Couch also Neilie's brother-in-law was arrested, as his motive was jealousy, even though he was married to Dunn's sister.[58]
September 17, 1917 Hartington, Nebraska, United States Frank Faust 2 dead 2 Teacher, Miss Cora Huntz, was murdered by Frank Faust on the steps of the school house with four shots to the head. Faust then fled into a corn field and shot himself to death.[59] He was a rejected suitor, who worked for her father's farm.[60]
April 6, 1918 Reeder, North Dakota, United States 1 dead 1 During the afternoon recess, a boy who sat behind young Coyne, was looking over a 22 calibre rifle when it discharged sending a bullet right into the back of Coyne's head killing him instantly.[61]
April 18, 1918 Sudan, Texas, United States 1 dead 1 With only a little girl as witness, a young man shot and killed school teacher Miss Evylyn Monts. Monts was shot twice in the head and in the breast. It is believed it was a suitor who she refused to marry.[62]
October 28, 1918 Chicago, Illinois, United States William Carter, 16
Ralph Carter, 15
1 injured 1 Overnight two brothers, William (16) and Ralph Carter (15), broke into the May public school robbing the phone boxes and teachers' desks when they were discovered by the Howard Parks, the janitor, and Thomas Conway, a policeman. A revolver battle broke out and William was shot. William was taken to the hospital and was not expected to live, and Ralph was taken to jail.[63]
November 29, 1918 Manes, Missouri, United States 1 injured 1 At the Perkins school's Thanksgiving night pie supper, teacher Joe Todd, age 21, was mysteriously shot. The bullet passes through his body, but he was expected to recover.[64]
March 27, 1919 Lodi Township, Michigan, United States Robert Warner 1 dead 1 19-year-old teacher Irma Casler was shot and killed in her classroom at Rentschler school in Lodi Township, Michigan by Robert Warner, apparently because she had rejected his advances.[65][66]
April 29, 1920 Chickasha, Oklahoma, United States Calvin Souls, 26 1 dead 1 Just as school was getting out, estranged husband and WWI veteran, Calvin Souls, 26, shot and killed his wife, teacher Naomi Souls, in front of her students.[67]
October 19, 1920 Clayton, New Mexico, United States 1 animal dead 1 dog At the Otto schoolhouse, as the kids were inside, someone drove by, shot and killed "Old King" one of the children's dog, as he sat on the front stoop of the school, next to where the horses were tied. All the children loved the dog, and was entrusted with the care of the children to and from school.[68]
October 22, 1920 Chicago, Illinois, United States Carmila Rindoni 1 injured 1 Mrs. Carmila Rindoni, went to the school and shot Miss Rosalind I. Reynolds, her son's teacher, twice for spanking her son the day before. Mrs. Rindoni was arrested, and Miss Reynolds was expected to recover.[69]
December 5, 1921 Rosston, Oklahoma, United States Alfred Johnson 2 dead 2 At the Rosston School, teacher Miss. Faye Hetrick was shot and instantly killed with a shotgun by her brother-in-law, Alfred Johnson, in front of her students. The students all ran when they heard another shot. They looked back and discovered that Johnson turned the gun on himself, killing himself instantly.[70]
February 17, 1922 Valdosta, Georgia, United States John Glover 2 dead 2 John Glover broke into the school house and shot and killed a school girl and fatally wounded a boy. A mob was formed and tracked and killed Glover 7 miles (11 km) away in Indianola, now Naylor, Georgia.[71]
August 1, 1922 Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States Bryant Hignight 1 dead 1 While a group of five children were socializing at the cuthouse of the Mount Zion school, two shots were fired by Bryant Hignight. One went wild, and the other entered young Raymond Guin's head, killing him instantly. Three of the boys were questioned, but they all said it was an accident.[72]
October 19, 1923 Waikino, New Zealand John Christopher Higgins 2 dead, 8 injured 2 8 John Higgins, a middle-aged firewood dealer originating from Canada, seeking revenge for the alleged killing of three of his horses by other Waikino residents, entered the local public school armed with a revolver, a knife and explosives. After shooting headmaster Robert Reid, who had tried to persuade him to spare the children, Higgins went to the classroom, where he fatally shot two boys, aged 9 and 13 years, and wounded four other pupils by gunshots. Additionally two children received injuries while attempting to escape. Higgins was arrested after a shoot-out with police in which he wounded a policeman, and sentenced to death four months later, which was then commuted to life imprisonment, as it was found that he had been insane at the time of the shooting.[73][74]
May 18, 1927 Bath, Michigan,

United States

Andrew Kehoe, 55 45 dead, 58 injured 45 58 Bath School disaster. School board member Andrew Kehoe set up a series of explosions in the Bath Consolidated School. Before blowing up the school Kehoe murdered his wife and set fire to his farmhouse. As townspeople responding to the explosions at the school started relief efforts, Kehoe then detonated his shrapnel-filled vehicle outside the school. The bombings constituted the deadliest act of mass murder in any type of school setting in U.S. history.
May 22, 1930 Ringe, Minnesota, United States Douglas Petersen, 24 1 dead 1 Margaret Wegman, 20-year-old teacher at the local rural school, was shot and killed in the school by 24-year-old Douglas Petersen.[75]
May 28, 1931 Duluth, Minnesota, United States 1 dead 1 Katherine McMillen, 24-year-old teacher at the Howard Gensen rural school near Duluth, was accidentally shot and killed by a revolver brought to school by a pupil.[76]
February 15, 1933 Downey, California, United States Vernon Blythe, 35 3 dead 3 Dr. Vernon Blythe shot and killed his wife Eleanor, as well as his 8-year-old son Robert at Gallatin grammar school and committed suicide after firing three more shots at his other son Vernon. His wife, who had been a teacher at the school, had filed for divorce the week before.[77]
February 2, 1934 Harlan, Iowa, United States Herman Seick, 28 2 dead 2 Margaret Graves, 23, school teacher at Monroe School No. 2, was shot to death in front of her 20 students by former suitor Herman Seick, 28. Seick then took his own life in the classroom.[78]
March 27, 1935 Medora, North Dakota, United States Harry McGill, 28 1 dead 1 Emily Hartl, 24-year-old teacher at the Manlon school northwest of Medora, was shot and killed at the school by 28-year-old Harry McGill, a former suitor.[79]
September 12, 1940 Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States William Kuhns, 35 1 dead, 1 injured 1 1 29-year-old teacher Carolyn Dellamea is shot to death inside her third grade classroom by 35-year-old William Kuhns. Kuhns then shot himself in the chest in a failed suicide attempt. Kuhns had reportedly been courting Dellamea for over a year but the relationship was ended when Dellamea discovered that Kuhns was already married.[80]
October 25, 1940 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Guy Willie Ponder, 27 1 dead 1 10-year-old Clarence Stevens, a third grade pupil at Holy Name School, was stabbed to death inside a storeroom at the school by 27-year-old Guy Willie Ponder.[81]
May 9, 1944 New York City, New York, United States Madeline Kirkland, 11

Eileen Foster, 13

1 dead 1 Nine-year-old Margaret Patton was attacked and killed at PS 119 in Harlem by two fellow students. One student held Patton's arms while the other stabbed her to death. Police later arrested 11-year-old Madeline Kirkland, who was charged with murder, and 13-year-old Eileen Foster, who was charged with juvenile delinquency.[82]
February 5, 1947 Madill, Oklahoma, United States Ellis Laird, 62 2 dead 2 1st grade teacher Jessie Laird, 40, was shot to death in her classroom, during recess by her estranged husband, Ellis Laird, 62. Laird then fatally shot himself.[83]
October 10, 1956 Terrazzano, Italy Arturo Santato, 23

Egidio Santato, 21

1 dead, 4 injured 1 4 Arturo Santato, a former inmate of an asylum in Aversa, and his brother Egidio went into a school in Terrazzano, near Milan, carrying guns, dynamite and acid and took 96 children and three teachers hostage for about six hours. They demanded 200 millon lira for the release of their hostages or they would kill them. Using the children as shields they fired shots at people outside the school, killing one person and injuring another three. The hostage crisis ended when one teacher tackled Egidio, grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the head. The attack distracted the brothers long enough to give police time to storm the classroom without endangering the children's lives.[84][85]
September 15, 1959 Houston, Texas,

United States

Paul Harold Orgeron, 49 6 dead, 19 injured 6 19 Poe Elementary School attack. The morning that Paul Orgeron's second-grade son is denied enrollment, he detonates an explosive on the school playground during recess, killing himself; his son, Dusty; a teacher; a custodian and two seven-year-old boys. The school principal and 18 students aged six to ten are injured, many seriously.
February 2, 1960 Hartford City, Indiana, United States Leonard O. Redden, 44 3 dead 3 Principal Leonard Redden shot and killed two teachers with a shotgun at William Reed Elementary School in Hartford City, Indiana, before fleeing into a remote forest, where he committed suicide.[86][87]
June 7, 1960 Blaine, Minnesota, United States Lester Betts, 40 1 dead 1 Lester Betts, a 40-year-old mail-carrier, walked into the office of 33-year-old principal Carson Hammond and shot him to death with a 12-gauge shotgun.[88]
April 20, 1961 Chicago, Illinois, United States Lee Arthur Hester, 14 1 dead 1 Teacher Josephine Keane, 45, is sexually assaulted and stabbed to death inside a storeroom at Lewis-Champlin elementary school in Chicago. Lee Arthur Hester, a 14-year-old student, is later convicted of the murder and sentenced to 55 years in prison.[89]
June 11, 1964 Cologne, Germany Walter Seifert, 42 11 dead, 22 injured 11 22 Cologne school massacre. Armed with an insecticide sprayer converted into a flamethrower, a lance, and a homemade mace, 42-year-old Walter Seifert entered the Katholische Volksschule in Cologne, Germany, and opened fire on female students playing in the courtyard. He then knocked in classroom windows with his mace and fired inside. Eight children and two teachers died, and twenty children and two teachers suffered injuries of severe burns. After swallowing poisonous insecticide E605, Seifert died the following day, while in custody.
April 8, 1970 Bahr el-Baqar, Sharqiyya, Egypt Israeli Air Force 46 dead, 50+ injured 46 50+ Bahr el-Baqar massacre. A bombing occurred during the War of Attrition, where the Israeli airforce carried out a raid on the Egyptian village of Bahr el-Baqar, in the eastern province of Sharqiyya, the raid resulted in the destruction of a primary school full of school children. Of the 130 school children who attended the school, 46 were killed, and over 50 wounded. The Israelis claimed that they believed the target was a military installation.
May 8, 1970 Avivim, Israel Palestinian militants 12 dead, 25 injured 12 25 Avivim school bus massacre. Palestinian terrorists belonging to the PFLP-GC attacked the community school bus of Avivim, killing nine children and three adults and wounding 25 other people, by firing two bazooka shells at the bus.[90]
November 8, 1971 Grove, Oklahoma, United States James Underwood 1 dead 1 Principal T.J. Melton is shot to death by James Underwood, a school custodian. Underwood is charged with first-degree murder but is never tried and is admitted to a mental hospital where he remains until he dies in 1974.[91][92]
January 5, 1972 Washington, District of Columbia, United States James A. Brooks 1 dead 1 Fifth-grade teacher Margaret Brooks, 57, was shot to death in front of her students by her estranged husband James A. Brooks.[93]
January 17, 1974 Chicago, Illinois, United States Steven Guy, 14 1 dead, 3 injured 1 3 14-year-old Steven Guy, apparently angry about being transferred to a social adjustment center, entered Clara W. Barton Elementary School in Chicago with a revolver and a pistol and killed the principal and wounded three others before he was seized by a teacher when both his guns jammed.
May 15, 1974 Ma'alot, Israel DFLP, PLO 26 children killed, 60+ wounded, 3 hostage takers killed 29 60+ Ma'alot massacre. A group of DFLP militants took around 90 school children hostage on the 15. May, 1974, at "Netiv Meir", an elementary school in Ma'alot, a community in northern Israel. Before the deadline at 6:00 p.m., the school was stormed by Israeli special forces, who killed all the hostage-takers. 26 hostages had been killed.
February 24, 1975 Penns Grove, New Jersey, United States David Gary, 24 1 dead, 1 injured 1 1 David Gary walked into a second grade classroom of St. James Elementary School where he shot and injured 25-year-old teacher Kathleen Flynn. He then killed the school principal, 38-year-old Rev. Thomas J. Quinlan, when he came to investigate.[94][95]
November 10, 1976 Detroit, Michigan, United States Al J. Lewis, 46 1 dead 1 English teacher Betty McCaster, 46, was shot to death by her estranged husband in front of her first grade class at Burt Elementary School in northwest Detroit.[96]
October 10, 1977 San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago 5 dead 5 A man running through the halls of El Socorro public school killed four children with a machete, as well as a woman outside the school when trying to escape. He was later arrested by police.[97]
April 26, 1978 Dallas, Texas, United States ..., 56 1 dead 1 Woodrow Porter, 38, a janitor at Paul Dunbar Elementary School, was shot to death by the 56-year-old grandmother of an 8-year-old that was allegedly spanked by Porter earlier.[98]
January 29, 1979 San Diego, California, United States Brenda Ann Spencer, 16 2 dead, 9 injured 2 9 Cleveland Elementary School shooting: Armed with a .22-rifle, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer opened fire at Cleveland Elementary School, killing two adults and wounding eight children and one police officer. Spencer was later apprehended after a six-hour stand-off, and she was asked of her motive for the killing, to which she shrugged and infamously replied "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."
March 20, 1980 Dallas, Texas, United States 1 dead 1 Rosie Pearson, 49, fifth grade teacher, was shot to death in the hallway of J. Leslie Patton School, by an unknown assailant.[99]
June 3, 1982 Shamshuipo, Hong Kong Li Chihang, 28 5 dead, 43 injured 5 43 Anne Anne Kindergarten stabbing. After stabbing his mother and sister to death and injuring two bystanders, 28-year-old Li Chihang entered Anne Anne Kindergarten and started stabbing people. Three children died and 40 other people were injured in the attack. Li was arrested after being shot by a police officer.[100] He was found to be insane and was sentenced to being detained at a mental institution.
August 13, 1983 Chiang Rai Province, Thailand Suthat Wannasarn, 43 3 dead, 3 injured 3 3 3 children were hacked to death and two others wounded in a nursery in Chiang Rai Province, when 43-year-old Suthat Wannasarn attacked them with a sword and a large stick. Wannasarn was later arrested by police after being shot in the abdomen.[101]
February 24, 1984 Los Angeles, California, United States Tyrone Mitchell, 28 2 dead, 13 injured 2 13 At 2:23 p.m. 28-year-old Tyrone Mitchell began shooting at students leaving 49th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles with a 12-gauge shotgun and a rifle from a second-floor window of a building across the street. He killed a 10-year-old girl and wounded 11 other children, as well as a schoolyard supervisor and a passer-by. When police finally stormed the building they found Mitchell's body, who had killed himself with the shotgun. Mitchell had lost his parents, grandmother, brother and four sisters in the Jonestown massacre.[102][103][104]
March 15, 1984 St. Petersburg, Florida,

United States

Student, 7 1 injured 1 A 5-year-old girl was stabbed in the forehead with scissors on a Madeira Beach Elementary school bus. The girl was treated at a hospital for her injuries. A 7-year-old boy was accused of aggravated battery, and was released to his parents.[105]
May 16, 1986 Cokeville, Wyoming,

United States

David Young
Doris Young
2 dead, 79 injured 2 79 Cokeville Elementary School hostage crisis. David Young, and his wife Doris Young, took 167 children and adults hostage at Cokeville Elementary School. After a two-and-a-half hour standoff, a gasoline bomb the couple was carrying went off prematurely, injuring Doris Young while David Young was out of the room. Returning to the scene, David Young shot his wife, and then himself. All the hostages escaped, though 79 were later hospitalized with burns and injuries.
May 20, 1988 Winnetka, Illinois, United States Laurie Dann, 30 2 dead, 6 injured 2 6 Laurie Dann walked into a second grade classroom at Hubbard Woods Elementary School carrying a pistol and two revolvers and began shooting children, killing eight-year-old Nicholas Corwin and wounding five others before fleeing. She entered a nearby house where she had shot and wounded a 20-year-old man before killing herself.
August 31, 1988 Anderson, South Carolina, United States Kevin Dean Young,
William Bell,
John Glenn,
Arthur Ray Jones
1 dead 1 Principal Dennis Ray Hepler, 35, was accosted by three young men on the grounds of West Franklin Elementary School. They robbed him of $67 before shooting him to death. Two of the perpetrators were sentenced to death. The third was sentenced to 35 years in prison. A fourth man was convicted as an accessory for driving the three assailants away from the crime scene.[106]
September 23, 1988 Chicago, Illinois, United States Clemmie Henderson, 40 5 dead,

2 injured

5 2 Armed with a .38 caliber pistol, 40-year-old Clemmie Henderson shot two people dead at an auto parts store and wounded a garbage man before entering Montefiore Special Elementary School where he killed a school custodian and a police officer. He wounded another police officer before he was shot and killed.[107]
September 26, 1988 Greenwood, South Carolina, United States James William Wilson, 19 2 dead, 9 injured 2 9 James Wilson, 19, took a .22-caliber pistol to Oakland Elementary School where he shot and killed two students and injured seven other students and two teachers.[108][109][110] Wilson was sentenced to death by electric chair.
January 17, 1989 Stockton, California, United States Patrick Purdy, 24 6 dead, 30 injured 6 30 Patrick Purdy shot and killed five schoolchildren, and wounded 29 other schoolchildren and one teacher on the playground of Cleveland Elementary School. The shooting ended with Purdy committing suicide.
August 13, 1992 Dorum, Germany Wilfried Schulte, 47 1 killed 1 Wilfried Schulte shot his wife Eva Lerp in front of her class at an elementary school in Dorum near Cuxhaven. Lerp who had been a teacher at the school died a few hours later in hospital.[111]
January 10, 1994 Maradi, Niger 5 dead, 1 injured 5 1 A former psychiatric patient, armed with a club, beat four children to death in a quran school in Maradi, and also killed a woman who wanted to stop him. When trying to escape, the man was captured and severely beaten by an angry crowd.[112][113]
April 12, 1994 Butte, Montana, United States Jason Osmanson, 10 1 dead 1 10-year-old Jason Osmanson, teased because his parents have AIDS, shoots and kills an 11-year-old on the playground of Margaret Leary Elementary School. Osmanson is sent to a private residential treatment center.[114]
June 7, 1994 Waku-Kungo, Angola Angolan military 89 dead 89 At least 89 children were killed when an Angolan MiG-21-pilot accidentally bombed a school near Waku-Kungo. The pilot lost track of his intended target, rebel troops located 30 miles (48 km) from Waku-Kungo, due to failing navigation equipment and bad weather. According to the rebels the airstrike killed at least 150 people and left 250 wounded.[115]
November 5, 1994 San Leandro, California, United States Imani Charles Williams 1 dead 1 15-year-old Evelyna LeBlanc was shot in the head and raped on the playground of an elementary school by an unknown assailant, she died from her gunshot wound the next day.[116] In 2007 DNA tests identified a suspect in the case.[117]

Imani Charles Williams was found guilty in 2009.[118]

July 10, 1995 Meihekou, China Dong Chi 2 dead, 16 injured 2 16 An assailant armed with a double-barreled shotgun and garden shears attacked staff and students at a kindergarten in Meihekou, killing a six-year-old girl and wounding 15 other students and a teacher. The assailant, identified as Dong Chi, was shot and killed by police.[119]
March 13, 1996 Dunblane, Scotland, United Kingdom Thomas Hamilton, 44 18 dead, 15 injured *plus the death of Gwen Mayor's unborn baby 18 15 Dunblane massacre. Unemployed former shopkeeper and Scout leader Thomas Hamilton walked into Dunblane Primary School armed with two 9 mm pistols and two .357 Magnum revolvers. He killed sixteen children and a teacher, and wounded 15 others before committing suicide. This event led to the banning of handguns in Scotland with the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997.
July 8, 1996 Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom Horrett Campbell, 33 7 injured 7 Wolverhampton machete attack. Horrett Campbell, a 33-year-old man with paranoid schizophrenia, invaded a Teddy Bears' Picnic being held at St Luke's Primary School and slashed three young children and four adults with a machete. Lisa Potts, a 20-year-old nursery nurse, was awarded the George Medal for saving children's lives despite suffering severe injuries.
October 10, 1996 Cairns, Queensland, Australia Paul Streeton, 26 1 injured 1 Paul Streeton set six-year-old Tjandamurra O'Shane on fire in the playground of his school, burning over 70% of his body.
August 1998 Henan, China 2 dead, 15 injured 2 15 A teacher stabbed two children to death and wounded 15 others.[120]
September 3, 1998 Hajdúhadház, Hungary ..., 31 11 injured 11 A 31-year-old female teacher stabbed eight children and three teachers in the canteen of a primary school in Hajdúhadház.[121][122]
September 14, 1998 Hejiang County, China Lin Peiqing 23 injured 23 Lin Peiqing stabbed 23 elementary school children during a morning flag-raising ceremony.[120]
February 22, 1999 Gulbene, Latvia Alexander Koryakov, 19 4 dead, 1 injured 4 1 19-year-old Alexander Koryakov entered a kindergarten in Gulbene where he chopped three girls to death with a meat cleaver. He also killed a teacher and wounded a nurse, before trying to escape. After his arrest he told police that he wanted to become as famous as Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. Koryakov was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 1999.[123][124][125]
May 3, 1999 Costa Mesa, California, United States Steven Allen Abrams, 39 2 dead, 5 injured 2 5 Steven Allen Abrams purposefully drove his car onto the playground of Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center. He killed two children and injured four other children and an adult. Abrams later stated that he thought the deaths of the children would silence the voices that he thought the US government was beaming into his brain.[126][127]
February 29, 2000 Mount Morris Township, Michigan, United States Dedrick Owens, 6 1 dead 1 Dedrick Owens took a .32 caliber pistol to Buell Elementary School from his uncle's home and used it to kill 6-year-old Kayla Rolland.
September 5, 2000 Bidwell, Ohio, United States Frank Shoemaker, 66 2 dead 2 Frank Shoemaker shot and killed his estranged wife, 52-year-old Linda Shoemaker, in the parking lot of Bidwell Porter Elementary School where she worked as a cook. Frank Shoemaker then returned home and committed suicide.[128]
February 2, 2001 Red Lion, Pennsylvania,

United States

William Stankewicz, 55 13 injured 13 William Stankewicz entered North Hopewell Winterstown Elementary School and brutally slashed two teachers and a principal with a machete. He then subsequently wounded several children in a kindergarten classroom before being subdued by a faculty member.[129]
May 7, 2001 Anchorage, Alaska, United States Jason Pritchard, 33 4 injured 4 Four students were stabbed in the neck by 33-year-old Jason Pritchard at Mountain View Elementary School.[130]
June 8, 2001 Ikeda, Osaka,


Mamoru Takuma, 37 8 dead, 15 injured 8 15 Osaka school massacre. Armed with a kitchen knife, a 37-year-old former janitor Mamoru Takuma trespassed into Ikeda Elementary School attached to Osaka-Kyoiku University and stabbed school children and teachers. 8 children were killed and 15 wounded, among those were 13 children and two teachers.
September 4, 2002 Seoul, South Korea Hwang Bom-nae, 53 10 injured 10 10 children were injured at Neung Dong Church Elementary School in Seoul, when Hwang Bom-nae attacked them with kitchen knives. Hwang told police he heard the voice of Kim Il-Sung that commanded him to kill many people or he himself would be killed.[131][132]
November 26, 2002 Huaiji county, China Shi Ruoqiu 5 dead, 2 injured 5 2 Shi Ruoqiu stabbed seven children at Shilong Elementary School with a kitchen knife before being arrested. One child died at the scene, while four more succumbed to their wounds in hospital.[133][134]
March 7, 2003 Beihai, China Xie Zhongcai, 24 8 injured 8 24-year-old Xie Zhongcai stabbed four teachers and four children in a kindergarten in Beihai, after one of the teachers, with whom he had been in love, had arranged for him to be beaten up. Xie was finally overpowered by staff members and the father of one of the kindergarten children.[135][136]
June 1, 2004 Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan Unidentified girl, 11 1 dead 1 Sasebo slashing. An 11-year-old student, identified only as "Girl A", killed a 12-year-old classmate, Satomi Mitarai, by slitting her throat at Okubo Elementary School.
September 1, 2004 Beslan, North Ossetia,

Russian Federation

Separatist militants 334 dead, Over 700 injured. 334 700+ Beslan school hostage crisis. A group of pro-Chechen armed rebels took more than 1,100 school children and adults hostage on September 1, 2004 in Beslan, the republic of North Ossetia. On the third day of the standoff, the school was stormed by Russian forces after several bombs went off in the school gym.
September 11, 2004 Suzhou,


Yang Guozhu, 41 28 injured 28 A man armed with a knife and homemade explosives attacked 28 children at a kindergarten.[137]
September 20, 2004 Ying County, China Jia Qingyou, 36 25 injured 25 36-year-old Jia Qingyou, a bus driver, injured 25 children with a kitchen knife at No. 1 Experimental Primary School in Ying county. He was later sentenced to death and executed.[138][139]
September 30, 2004 Chenzhou, China Liu Hongwen, 28 4 dead, 12 injured 4 12 Liu Hongwen, a 28-year-old primary school teacher, killed four children with a knife in a grade one class at a school in Chenzhou and wounded nine other children and three teachers, before taking 65 students hostage. After negotiations with a county government official he surrendered to police. He was later found not guilty by reason of insanity due to schizophrenia.[140][141]
December 4, 2004 Mingcheng Town, China Liu Zhigang, 30 12 injured 12 12 students were stabbed by Liu Zhigang, a man suffering from schizophrenia, at the Central Primary School of Mingcheng Town, Panshi City. Liu was found not guilty by reason of insanity.[142]
February 14, 2005 Neyagawa, Japan ..., 17 1 dead, 2 injured 1 2 A 17-year-old boy stabbed two teachers and a school nutritionist with a kitchen knife at his former elementary school, killing one of the teachers.[143]
October 12, 2005 Guangde County, China Liu Shibing, 33 18 injured 18 18 people, among them 16 children, were injured when Liu Shibing shot them with six home-made guns at Niutoushan Primary School in Guangde.[144]
December 10, 2005 Uji, Japan Yu Hagino, 23 1 dead 1 23-year-old teacher Yu Hagino stabbed 12-year-old Sayano Horimoto to death at a cram school in Uji, following a verbal dispute. Yu was sentenced to 18 years in prison in March 2007.[145]
May 8, 2006 Shiguan, China Bai Ningyang, 19 12 dead, 5 injured 12 5 Shiguan kindergarten attack. Armed with two knives and petrol 19-year-old Bai Ningyang entered a classroom on the second floor of a kindergarten in Shiguan, a village near Gongyi. He forced the 21 children and the teacher to the back of the room, sprayed the floor with gasoline, and, before setting it on fire, let one child go, because he knew their parents. Bai then locked the door and escaped. 12 of the children died and four others and the teacher were wounded. Bai was arrested the next day and sentenced to death in December 2007.[146][147]
May 24, 2006 Luoying, China Yang Xinlong, 35 2 dead, 2 injured 2 2 35-year-old farmer Yang Xinlong hacked his aunt to death, set her house on fire and injured another person after an argument before entering Luoying Primary School where he stabbed a child to death in a third grade classroom and took 18 others hostage for several hours. When Yang refused to let the children go he was shot and arrested by police.[148][149]
August 30, 2006 Essex, Vermont,

United States

Christopher A. Williams, 27 2 dead, 3 injured 2 3 Searching for his ex-girlfriend, Christopher A. Williams entered his ex-girlfriend's house and shot her mother dead. Williams then traveled to Essex Elementary School, his ex-girlfriend's workplace, and shot two teachers, killing one. Williams then traveled to a friend's house where he shot and wounded his friend before wounding himself. Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. His ex-girlfriend was not wounded in the attack.[150][151]
October 2, 2006 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,

United States

Charles Carl Roberts, 32 6 dead, 5 injured 6 5 West Nickel Mines School shooting. Charles Carl Roberts, a 32-year-old milk-tank truck driver, took hostages and eventually shot ten girls, killing five (aged 7–13), before killing himself at West Nickel Mines School, a one-room Amish schoolhouse.
March 18, 2007 Sabayoi, Songkhla,


Insurgents, 3 dead, several injured 3 dead 3 Insurgents attacked Bamrungsart Pondok School with firearms. Three children were killed. It was reported that it was Muslim insurgents who had attacked this Muslim school.
June 13, 2007 Chiling, China Su Qianxiao, 42 1 dead, 3 injured 1 3 A nine-year-old boy was killed when Su Qianxiao, a 42-year-old villager from Chiling, stabbed four children with a kitchen knife at Chiling Primary School. He was caught by locals before he could commit suicide by jumping off the school's roof.[152]
August 4, 2007 Newark, New Jersey,

United States

José Carranza, 28, and two 15-year-old unidentified boys 3 dead, 1 wounded 3 1 Known as the Newark Schoolyard Killings, three Delaware State University students were forced to kneel against an elementary school wall and were shot execution-style by 28-year-old Jose Carranza and two 15-year-old juveniles. A fourth student was found with gunshot wounds to her head.[153]
September 13, 2007 Hengyang, China Kuang Xi, 28 1 dead, 5 injured 1 5 28-year-old Kuang Xi, an allegedly mentally disturbed man, hurled five girls and one boy out of a window on the third floor of Hongqiao Primary School, killing a nine-year-old girl. He was subdued by four men, before he could throw out a seventh child.[154][155]
February 7, 2008 Portsmouth, Ohio,

United States

William Michael Layne, 46 1 dead, 2 injured 1 2 Layne, the estranged husband of a teacher at Notre Dame Elementary School, stabbed a bystander on the street prior to entering the school. He then walked into his wife's fifth grade classroom where he shot and stabbed her. Layne later shot and killed himself after a stand-off with police at his home.
November 12, 2008 Kandahar, Afghanistan Ten Afghan militants 15 injured 15 Militants in Afghanistan attacked three separate groups of students and teachers by squirting acid on them while they were walking to the Mirwais Mena Girls' School in Kandahar. Fifteen people were injured in the acid attack.[156] Ten people were later arrested in connection to the attack, several of which confessed.[157]
January 6, 2009 Jabalia Camp, Gaza Strip Israeli Military 42 dead 42 Unknown In the Al-Fakhura school incident Israeli tanks shelled a school run by the UN, specifically UNRWA, killing 42 civilians and causing an unknown number of injuries. The victims were sheltering from Israeli attacks in the area and most of the dead were in the playground.
January 7, 2009 Budapest, Hungary Unknown 2 dead, 1 injured 2 1 A principal and a teacher were killed by a security guard and an administrator at a private elementary school in the 21 district of Budapest at 6:40 pm. The guard afterwards shot himself in the hand to support claims the deed was the act of an unknown masked gunman. The perpetrators had been fired by the principal on suspicion of embezzling.[158]
January 23, 2009 Tromsø, Norway 2 dead 2 A man shot and killed a female trainee teacher and then fatally shot himself in the car park of a kindergarten. The shooting occurred just as children were arriving for school.[159]
January 23, 2009 Sint-Gillis-bij-Dendermonde, Dendermonde, Belgium Kim De Gelder, 20 4 dead, 12 injured 4 12 Kim De Gelder entered a kindergarten in Belgium and started stabbing people. Two babies and a 54-year-old woman were stabbed to death and twelve other people were injured in the attack. De Gelder also stabbed a 73-year-old woman to death in her apartment days earlier.
March 3, 2009 Mazhan, China Xu Ximei, 40 2 dead, 4 injured 2 4 40-year-old Xu Ximei, an allegedly mentally disabled woman, stabbed two boys, aged 4 and 6, to death with a kitchen knife and injured another three children, as well as the 76-year-old grandmother of one of her victims at the primary school of Mazhan village in Guangdong province. She was later found lying in a classroom and arrested.[160]
February 26, 2010 Tacoma, Washington, United States Jed Waits, 30 2 dead 2 Jennifer Paulson, a 30-year-old special education teacher, is shot to death outside of Birney Elementary School by a man who was reportedly infatuated with her. The gunman, identified as 30-year-old Jed Waits, fled the scene but was later shot and killed by police in a day-care center parking lot.[161][162]
March 23, 2010 Nanping, China Zheng Minsheng, 41 8 dead, 5 injured 8 5 Nanping school stabbings. Eight children were hacked to death with a machete and five others were injured outside an elementary school in Nanping. The assailant, identified as 41-year-old Zheng Minsheng, was restrained by school security guards and then arrested by police.[163][164]
April 13, 2010 Xichang, China Yang Jiaqin, 40 2 dead, 5 injured 2 5 An assailant armed with a meat cleaver attacked students and bystanders outside an elementary school, killing a schoolboy and an elderly woman and wounding three other children and two adults before being arrested by police. The assailant, identified as 40-year-old Yang Jiaqin, was reported to be mentally ill.[165][166]
April 28, 2010 Leizhou, China Chen Kangbing, 33 17 injured 17 Chen Kangbing stabbed and injured 16 students and one teacher at Leicheng First Primary School in Leizhou before being restrained by teachers and arrested by police.[167]
April 29, 2010 Taixing, China Xu Yuyuan, 47 32 injured 32 Xu Yuyuan stabbed 29 children, two teachers and a security guard at the Zhongxin Kindergarten in Taixing. It was reported that five of the injured children were in critical condition.[168]
April 30, 2010 Weifang, China Wang Yonglai, 45 1 dead, 6 injured 1 6 Wang Yonglai, a 45-year-old farmer, used a motorcycle to break through a gate at Shangzhuang Primary School in Weifang and then assaulted several children with a hammer, wounding five of them. A teacher also injured her foot, while trying to stop Wang, who ended his attack by grabbing two children and pouring gasoline over himself. Teachers managed to pull the children to safety, before Wang committed suicide by setting himself on fire.[169][170]
May 12, 2010 Hanzhong, China Wu Huanming, 48 10 dead, 11 injured 10 11 An assailant killed seven children and two adults and wounded 11 other children at the Shengshui Temple Kindergarten in Hanzhong when he attacked them with a cleaver. The assailant, identified as 48-year-old Wu Huanming, fled from the school and committed suicide when he returned to his house.[171]
August 3, 2010 Zibo, China Fang Jiantang, 26 3 dead, 7 injured 3 7 A knife-wielding man attacked children and staff at a kindergarten in Zibo. Three children were killed and three other children and four teachers were injured in the attack. It was reported that two of the injured teachers were in critical condition. The assailant, identified as 26-year-old Fang Jiantang, was arrested by police after the attack.[172][173]
October 8, 2010 Carlsbad, California, United States Brendan Liam O’Rourke, 41 2 injured 2 A middle aged man holding a jack-o-lantern stormed the campus at Kelly Elementary School, his bullets grazing the shoulders of two students, six- and seven-year-olds. The assailant, identified as 41-year-old Brendan Liam O’Rourke, was apprehended by police. O'Rourke was sentenced to life imprisonment.[174][175]
October 22, 2010 Zamboanga City, Philippines Felin Mateo, 51 4 dead, 6 injured 4 6 A 12-year-old girl, a teacher, and a 64-year-old man were stabbed to death by ex-convict Felin Mateo at Talisayan Elementary School in Talisayan village. He also wounded four other children and two teachers, some of them seriously, before he could be subdued by irate villagers, who then killed him with his own knife.[176]
February 2, 2011 Placerville, California, United States John Luebbers, 44 1 dead 1 Principal Sam Lacara, 50, was fatally shot in his office at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville. He later died at a hospital. John Luebbers, a 44-year-old school custodian, was arrested after the shooting. Luebbers was sentenced to 50 years in prison.[177][178][179]
April 7, 2011 Realengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 23 13 dead, 12 injured 13 12 Rio de Janeiro school shooting. A gunman armed with two handguns began shooting at children and school personnel at Escola Municipal Tasso da Silveira, an elementary school in the Realengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. 13 people were killed, including the shooter, a former student. Police shot the suspect in the leg, causing him to fall down a staircase, then the gunman shot himself in the head. The shooter is reported to have left a suicide note.[180][181][182]
April 19, 2011 Houston, Texas, United States ..., 6 3 injured 3 A 6-year-old boy brought a loaded handgun to Betsy Ross Elementary School, and the gun accidentally dropped out from his pocket onto the ground and fired one round in the school's cafeteria. The bullet struck a male kindergartner in the leg, and a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl were injured by debris caused by the gunshot. The injuries were not considered to be serious.[183]
August 29, 2011 Shanghai, China ..., 30 8 injured 8 A 30-year-old woman slashed eight children with a box cutter at a child-care centre in Shanghai, leaving one of the wounded in serious condition. The attacker, a day care worker at the kindergarten, who was said to have suffered from psychiatric problems, was arrested.[184]
September 14, 2011 Gongyi, China Wang Hongbin, 30 4 dead, 2 injured 4 2 A young girl and three adults taking their children to nursery school were killed in Gongyi, Henan with an axe by an assailant identified as 30-year-old Wang Hongbin, a local farmer suspected of having schizophrenia. Another child and an adult were seriously wounded but survived.[185][186][187]
September 22, 2011 São Caetano do Sul, Brazil David Mota Nogueira, 10 1 dead, 1 injured 1 1 David Mota Nogueira, a fourth-grade student at Escola Municipal Alcina Dantas Feijão in São Caetano do Sul, shot and wounded his teacher, 38-year-old Rosileide Queiros de Oliveira, with his father's .38-caliber revolver. He then ran out of the classroom and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.[188]
November 15, 2011 Ga-Mmasehlong, South Africa Happy Shapo, 40 1 dead 1 Gilford Shapo, teacher at Mmasehlong Primary School in Ga-Mmasehlong village, was hacked to death with a machete in front of his class by his brother Happy. The attacker was arrested by police.[189][190]
February 22, 2012 Bremerton, Washington, United States 1 injured 1 Third-grader Amina Kocer-Bowman was accidentally shot when a fellow student brought a 9mm handgun to school and it went off when he dropped his backpack. She survived after 6 weeks in the hospital and a surgery to remove the bullet from her spine.[191]
May 26, 2012 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States 1 dead 1 A Carrboro man was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a woman in front of Mary Scroggs Elementary School minutes before school was to be dismissed for the long holiday weekend.[192]
December 14, 2012 Chenpeng, China Min Yongjun, 36 24 injured 24 Chenpeng Village Primary School stabbing. An assailant, identified as 36-year-old Min Yongjun, stabbed 24 people, including 23 children and an elderly woman at Chenpeng Village Primary School.[193]
December 14, 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, United States Adam Lanza, 20 28 dead, 2 injured 28 2 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother at home, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he shot and killed 20 students and six adult staff members before killing himself. This event is the second-deadliest school shooting in United States history, after the Virginia Tech massacre.[194][195][196]
January 7, 2013 Fort Myers, Florida, United States 1 dead 1 Shots were fired at Apostolic Revival Center Christian School, leaving 27-year-old Kristopher Smith dead in what was believed to be a retaliation killing, possibly for talking with police about a previous incident.[197]
January 29, 2013 Midland City, Alabama, United States Jimmy Lee Dykes 2 dead 2 2013 Alabama bunker hostage crisis. A man in his 60's boarded a school bus and shot the bus driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66. Poland was killed. The gunman abducted a 6-year-old child and held him hostage in an underground bunker. The gunman, Jimmy Lee Dykes, was shot to death by police several days later.[198]
April 5, 2013 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Robert Charron 2 dead 2 Neil Galliou, 38, was shot and killed at the Les Racines de vie Montessori daycare by Robert Charron, who then committed suicide. There were 53 children present at the school at the time of the shooting.[199]
August 20, 2013 Decatur, Georgia, United States Michael Brandon Hill, 20 (suspect) 0 injured 0 A gunman with an AK-47 fired six shots inside the front office of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, an elementary school. After the gunman fired the shots, he barricaded himself in the office and police at the scene returned fire. Nobody was injured. The gunman surrendered in the office and was apprehended. Children had to leave the building and were being guided to a corner of a field, where they were picked up by their parents. The alleged gunman is a 20-year-old male named Michael Brandon Hill.[200][201][202][203]
September 9, 2013 Guilin, Guangxi province, China Unknown 2 dead, 44 injured 2 dead 44 injured Two adults were killed outside Balijie Primary School, and 44 others were injured after a homemade explosive detonated. Most of the injured were schoolchildren. One of those killed is the bomber, who was riding his motorcycle during the explosion.[204][205][206]
October 4, 2013 Spencer, Massachusetts, United States 7-year-old student 1 injured 1 A 7-year-old student was stabbed by another 7-year-old student at Wire Village School. The victim was hospitalized for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.[207]
October 6, 2013 Qabak, Iraq Unknown 16 dead, 90 injured 16 dead 90 injured 12 children and the school principal were killed in a suicide bombing at an elementary school in the village of Qabak. Two police officers in an adjacent police station were also killed. 90 people were injured.[208]
October 11, 2013 Long Beach, California, United States Steven Brown (suspect) 1 dead 1 Teacher Kelleye Taylor was stabbed to death as she was watching two dozen students at a playground in a park adjacent to the Huntington Academy, where she taught the students at. The suspect was later arrested at the mall. The suspect is Steven Brown, who is the father of Kelleye Taylor's grandchildren. He is charged with murder and held on $1 million bail.[209]
October 17, 2013 Jacksonville, Arkansas, United States Nicholas John Miller, 22 (suspect) No injuries A man with a knife hijacked a school bus in Jacksonville, taking 11 Pinewood Elementary School students and their bus driver on a detour that police ended in Cabot after a 10-mile chase. Police stopped the hijacking 20 minutes after it began. The suspect, 22-year-old Nicholas John Miller, was charged with a felony count of vehicle piracy, 12 felony counts of kidnapping, and two felony counts of aggravated assault.[210][211]
March 12, 2014 Miami, Florida, United States 1 dead 1 An elementary school teacher was shot and killed outside the Academy of Knowledge Preschool. Police investigators believe the shooting stemmed from an argument the victim had with an unidentified man at a house close to the preschool. The suspect fled the scene.[212]
May 21, 2014 Macheng, Hubei, China ..., 35 8 injured 8 A man armed with a meat-cleaver slashed eight children on a playground. Eight students were injured; one was seriously injured and seven others sustained minor injuries. A 35-year-old man was arrested.[213][214]
May 30, 2014 Oakland, California, United States Hasseemah Diemi, 39 (charged) 1 injured 1 A 9-year-old girl was attacked with a hammer at Lafayette Elementary School. The girl was hospitalized for her injuries. A 39-year-old woman, who was a class volunteer at the school, was arrested at the scene and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.[215]
August 3, 2014 Rafah, Gaza strip Israeli military 10 dead, dozens injured 10 The UN-run school was sheltering up to 3,000 men, women and children from the Israeli attacks in the area when it was struck by an Israeli missile. The UN had advised the IDF 17 times of the presence of the civilians in the school. Four children aged 5 to 12 were amongst the dead.[216][217]
September 1, 2014 Shiyan, Hubei province, China Yanfu Chen, 43 4 dead, 5 injured 4 5 Chen stabbed three children and a teacher to death at a primary school, and wounded 5 others. Chen then jumped off the building.[218]
September 26, 2014 Guilin, Guangxi province, China Suspect, 56 4 dead 4 Four children were stabbed to death as they were walking to their school. A 56-year-old suspect is wanted.[219]
December 16, 2014 Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan 7 members of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan 141+ dead 114 2014 Peshawar school attack. Seven gunmen of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan stormed into The Army Public School, killing at least 141 students and staff members with guns and explosives. 114 were injured. It was the worst terrorist attack in Pakistan.
March 30, 2015 University City, Missouri, United States 1 injured 1 Police said one person was arrested for a shooting at Pershing Elementary School in University City. The shooting occurred in the parking lot, with a 34-year-old-man being shot in the buttocks.[220]
April 24, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States A student at Deskin Elementary School brought an allegedly stolen .45 caliber gun to school and accidentally discharged it as he opened his backpack. A BB gun was also in the student's possession. No one was injured[221]
April 30, 2015 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Suspect, 14 1 injured 1 A 14-year-old female student was stabbed in the back and injured by a 14-year-old male student at Aspen Creek K-8 School. The girl was hospitalized in stable condition.[222]
May 24, 2015 Macon, North Carolina, United States Adam Conley, 38 (charged)
Kathryn Jeter, 29 (charged)
1 animal dead 1 cat On the morning of May 24, a bus driver argued with a man and woman on the property of South Macon Elementary School with multiple guns and an intent to commit a crime. One of them had stabbed and shot a cat on school property and apparently drug use was involved. Police arrested Adam Conley and Kathryn Jeter with the aid of a Taser. They were charged with attempted murder, cruelty to animals and several gun violations[223]

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  1. ^ Including death or injury of attacker(s), when applicable.