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Students in tears after a school shooting. Photo: Joe Amon/Denver Post via Getty Images

More than 4.1 million students were subjected to at least one school lock down during the 2017-18 school year, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.

The big picture: 2018 was a record year for gun violence, including 94 incidents in schools across the United States. Schools are taking more precautions, but students are still being exposed to gun violence. This report quantifies just how many have been impacted.

What they did: The Post reviewed 20,000 news stories and scoured data from school districts across the 31 largest cities in the country.

By the numbers: In total, there were 6,200 lockdowns last year.

  • A typical day saw 16 campuses placed on lockdown.
  • Lockdowns happen in buildings with as few as four students or as many as 5,000.
  • Bomb threats accounted for just 15% of lockdowns. 61% of the lockdowns recorded were related to firearms.

The big picture: "The number of students affected eclipsed the populations of Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont combined," The Post reports.

Be smart: That number is likely to be much larger than what is being reported.

  • Many school districts, including those in Detroit and Chicago, don't track lockdowns and hundreds never make the news — "particularly when they happen at urban schools attended primarily by children of color," The Post reports.

Go deeper: Read the piece from The Post.

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U.S. surpasses 25 million COVID cases

A mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.

GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

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The limits of Biden's plan to cancel student debt

Data: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax; Chart: Axios Visuals

There’s a growing consensus among Americans who want President Biden to cancel student debt — but addressing the ballooning debt burden is much more complicated than it seems.

Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.