Dec 9, 2018

2018 was a record year for school gun violence

The March for Our Lives protest in Washington. Photo: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

There have been a record 94 incidents of gun violence in schools across the United States in 2018 โ€” a nearly 60% jump from the previous high set in 2006, according to data from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

The big picture: The database, which stretches back to 1970, records any incident in which a gun is "brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason," per The Guardian. The February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which resulted in 17 deaths, helped to reinvigorate a national movement against gun violence. The student-led March for Our Lives demonstration earlier this year saw more than 1.7 million people march in 752 protests across the U.S.

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Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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