SCHOOL-RELATED DEATHS, SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, & SCHOOL VIOLENCE INCIDENTS
2000-2001 School Year Incidents
Identified by National School Safety and Security Services, Inc.*
* School-related deaths, school shootings, and school crisis incidents identified through print and electronic news sources nationwide by Kenneth S. Trump, President, National School Safety and Security Services, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio). This is not presented as an exhaustive list or as a scientific study. It is the responsibility of individuals seeking more details and verification to further research these incidents.
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For purposes of this listing, the 2000-2001 school year is considered to be from August 1, 2000, through July 31, 2001. In addition to 31 school-related violent deaths, this page provides a sample of 44 school shootings that did not result in death, a sample of 49 bomb and bomb threat-related incidents, and a sample of 113 other incidents of school-related crime, violence, and crisis situations.
For purposes of this monitoring report, school-related violent deaths are homicides, suicides, or other violent, non-accidental deaths in the United States in which a fatal injury occurs:
1) inside a school, on school property, on or immediately around (and associated with) a school bus, or in the immediate area (and associated with) a K-12 elementary or secondary public, private, or parochial school;
2) on the way to or from a school for a school session;
3) while attending, or on the way to or from, a school-sponsored event;
4) as a clear result of school-related incidents/conflicts, functions, activities, regardless of whether on or off actual school property;
Identified School-Related Violent Deaths: 2000-2001 School Year
Total Deaths: 31
Breakdown by Type:
- Shooting: 14
- Suicides: 8
- Murder-Suicide: 2
- Fight: 1
- Stabbing: 3
- Other: 3
September 5, 2000: Bidwell, OH
A 66-year-old man shot his wife, a 52-year-old school cook, to death in an elementary school parking lot about an hour before students arrived and then went home and killed himself, according to police.
September 7, 2000: Lowell, IN
A 16 year veteran officer of a county police force died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head outside an elementary school
September 13, 2000: Rock Island, IL
A 19-year-old male was gunned down in an elementary school parking lot after school hours while the building was closed.
October 19, 2000: New York, NY
Two 16-year-old high school male students were arrested in the stabbing death of a 12-year-old intermediate school student who had been in the high school cafeteria with a 15-year-old male high school student. The 15-year-old male, who was later arrested when a police officer saw him carrying a .44 Magnum, and the victim had been fighting in the cafeteria with the two 16-year-olds. The 12-year-old was later stabbed in the chest about a block away from the school. The incident was suspected to be gang-related.
October 23, 2000: Los Angeles, CA
A 20-year-old security guard was killed in the parking lot of a newly opened school for first-time, teenage offenders, while guarding the lot around 1:05a.m.
October 24, 2000: New York, NY
An 18-year-old teen was shot and killed by two robbers as he was assisting a special education teacher in changing a tire on her car outside of a Brooklyn High School. The victim died from a bullet wound to the neck. He went to the school to assist the teacher from a gas station where he was training to be a tow-truck dispatcher, according to reports.
October 27, 2000: Memphis, TN
An 18-year-old male high school graduate was shot and killed outside of a high school following a homecoming pep rally.
November 29, 2000: San Jose, CA
A 16-year-old male high school student was stabbed to death in front of his brother, his high school principal and a number of classmates at a light rail station about a block away from his high school minutes after school dismissal. Police were seeking four suspects who were believed to be students at the high school.
December 1, 2000: Los Angeles, CA
A 17-year-old high school senior pulled his car onto the campus parking lot, set up a video camera and shot himself to death in front of classmates. Police said that the male was having trouble with a girl.
December 7, 2000: San Pablo, CA
A 16-year-old student was killed after being shot in the neck by someone in a passing car across the street from his high school as he was walking back from visiting his grandmother around 12:45pm. He stumbled into the campus in front of administrative offices and was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
December 8, 2000: Shiloh, MD
A 14-year-old high school student died after being found in a high school restroom with what police reported as an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
December 19, 2000: Miami, FL
A 32-year-old armored car driver died after being shot in the head by two teenagers who robbed him of $300 after he made a pick-up at an elementary school and walked back to his van. The robbery occurred after school had let out for the day, although reports indicate that some students were on the grounds at the time of the incident at 3:45pm.
January 10, 2001: Oxnard, CA
A 17-year-old non-student gunman was shot and killed by police after taking a 17-year-old female student hostage in an open quadrangle area of the high school after having shot several times at a car in the parking lot during lunch time.
January 17, 2001: Baltimore, MD
A 17-year-old male high school student was shot to death while standing near a flagpole in front of the school’s main entrance. Two young men who were not students at that school were taken into custody when there car was stopped moments later away from the school.
January 29, 2001: Arlington, TX
A 13-year-old seventh-grader shot himself to death in a second-floor restroom at his junior high school.
February 3, 2001: Charleston, SC
A 19-year-old male was arrested for the shooting murder of another 19-year-old man in a parking lot across from the gym at a high school following a high school step-dance competition.
February 16, 2001: St. Louis County, MO
A 16-year-old female special education student stopped breathing and died after reportedly throwing a temper tantrum, throwing items, and trying to gag herself with one of her socks. Teachers restrained the student and called police, but the student, who suffered from a genetic disorder known as “Fragile X Syndrome,” stopped breathing and died. (This incident is included as a school-related violent death because it followed the student’s alleged tantrum, throwing of items, and related reported aggressive behavior.)
March 2, 2001: San Diego, CA
An 18-year-old high school graduate shot himself in the head on the high school campus following an after-school meeting with a school counselor. The male was reportedly upset after breaking up with his girlfriend. Another adult and two students were nearby and at least another 20 students were reportedly on campus at the time of the incident. Crisis counselors were dispatched to the school following the incident and for the next school day.
March 5, 2001: Santee, CA
A 15-year-old male student was charged for killing two classmates, ages 14 and 15, and wounding 13 other people (11 students, a student teacher, and a school security official).
March 25, 2001: Miami, FL
A 39-year-old nun was stabbed and beaten to death at an Eastern Orthodox Church school. An 18-year-old monk student was arrested and reportedly confessed to the murder.
March 30, 2001: Gary, IN
A 16-year-old 10th grade male student was shot in the head and killed in a high school parking lot by a 17-year-old former student.
April 3, 2001: Klein, TX
A 13-year-old eighth-grade female student reportedly shot herself to death inside a school restroom during the middle school’s second period of classes.
April 23, 2001: San Jose, CA
A 36-year-old school bus driver was arrested at a contracted company’s bus yard after allegedly killing another driver and wounding three women with a semiautomatic handgun as drivers were getting their buses ready for the start of the school workday. Bus services for a number of children were reportedly delayed by several hours.
April 26, 2001: Cleveland, OH
A 33-year-old evening custodian was shot to death in a high school parking lot as he was leaving work at 11:00pm.
May 14, 2001: Croom, MD
A 17-year-old male special education student went into cardiac arrest and died after a scuffle with a staff member, according to police.
May 15, 2001: Ennis, TX
A 16-year-old male sophomore shot himself to death in front of an English teacher and a female student.
May 24, 2001: Brooklyn, NY
A 9-year-old female elementary student died of an asthma attack following a fight with another 9-year-old female in a school restroom.
June 5, 2001: East Haven, CT
A 15-year-old male high school freshman ran out of class and hanged himself in a tree after allegedly learning that he was going to be suspended for using tobacco in violation of school rules. The student reportedly had also recently broken up with his girlfriend.
June 20, 2001: Paterson, NJ
Eleven males ages 15 to 17 were arrested and charged with murder and robbery after a 42-year-old homeless man was attacked and beaten to death shortly after police broke up a fight between black and Hispanic at a nearby high school.
Sample of Reported
School-Related Shootings Not Resulting in Deaths
A sample of 43 school-related shootings occurring nationwide in the 2000-2001 school year not resulting in death is listed below. It should be noted that this is only a sample and and is not intended to include all of the many incidents involving firearms confiscated but not used, and other weapons possession or use that occur in U.S. schools. List includes individuals shot but not killed and firearms discharged in schools, on school campuses and buses, at school-sponsored events, to and from school involving students, and as a clear result of school-related incidents/conflicts.
August 11, 2000: Durham, NC
A 15-year-old male was arrested in connection with shots fired outside an elementary school after regular school hours.
August 16, 2000: Shallotte, NC
A 17-year-old male and a 19 year old male were arrested after shots from an assault rifle forced teachers and students at two day care centers and a high school in a lockdown. Although the six shots from the AK-47 were not intended for the schools, it was unclear as to what caused the shooting.
August 23, 2000: DeKalb, GA
A high school student was shot near a busy county school bus transfer lot.
August 24, 2000: Claxton, GA
An 11th grade male student showed up for classes at his high school with a gunshot wound to the arm. The male reportedly told police that he was shot by an intruder at his uncle’s house, where he had stopped on the way to school.
September 11, 2000: Boston, MA
An 18-year-old was shot through the shoulder at a transit station reportedly stemming from a fight between rivals at a high school the previous week.
September 13, 2000: Mobile, AL
A 17-year-old high school junior was arrested for allegedly firing a gun on campus minutes before classes started. No one was injured.
September 18, 2000: Mount Healthy, OH
A 14 year-old eighth grade student was arrested for firing a shot into the ceiling of a junior high classroom. The student was persuaded by the school resource officer to surrender the gun.
September 25, 2000: Seattle, WA
A 17-year-old male was wounded in the ankle in a drive-by shooting outside a suburban high school at dismissal.
September 26, 2000: New Orleans, LA
Two boys, ages 13 and 14, shot each other with the same gun during a fight in a breezeway between the main building and cafeteria at their middle school.
September 29, 2000: Buffalo, NY
Two bullets were fired through windows in a first-floor pre-kindergarten classroom and a basement kindergarten classroom at 11:45a.m. The bullets struck the ceiling in the two rooms. No one was injured.
October 5, 2000: Ontario, CA
A 35-year-old man who had fired six rounds into a former relative’s home was arrested following a standoff with police near two elementary schools. The male had fired one round at police, who secured the area until the man surrendered. No students were injured.
October 5, 2000: Minneapolis, MN
A 17-year-old and a 22-year-old were shot while standing outside of high school. The males were refused admission to the school’s homecoming dance because they had not been invited by the school’s students.
October 6, 2000: Chapel Hill, NC
A gun was fired into a crowd of spectators at a high school football game. No one was seriously injured.
October 9, 2000: Salt Lake City, UT
A 15-year-old male student was shot when teens allegedly affiliated with a gang exited a vehicle and demanded his shoes as he walked home from school.
November 1, 2000: Memphis, TN
A 40-year-old female elementary school teacher was shot in her right hip after a man opened fire outside an elementary school at dismissal time.
November 1, 2000: Phoenix, AZ
A 17-year-old female charter school student in a wheelchair was struck by two bullets being fired at a group of men at the west end of a nearby apartment complex.
November 3, 2000: Los Angeles, CA
A 17-year-old male student was shot in his right shoulder while walking across a high school’s front parking lot following the school’s homecoming football game.
November 17, 2000: Los Angeles, CA
A 17-year-old male was arrested for firing a .25-caliber automatic pistol at police while fleeing from a crowd involved in a disturbance outside of a middle school at 5:30pm.
December 1, 2000: San Diego, CA
A 15-year-old male student shot himself in the groin on a high school volleyball court before the start of gym class in what appeared to be an accidental shooting, according to school police. Reports indicated that the male had showed off the gun to at least one classmate earlier that day and told her that he was going to shoot another student, but the incident was never reported to authorities.
January 3, 2001: San Francisco, CA
A 15-year-old high school student was accidentally shot in the hip as a 16-year-old male classmate showed off a gun in class.
January 17, 2001: Vigo County, IN
An Indiana school superintendent was injured by a bullet and flying glass when a gunman, believed to possibly be an angry school employee, fired through the back door of superintendent’s home.
January 18, 2001: St. Louis, MO
A 19-year-old was shot in the stomach and wounded in a high school parking lot as he was leaving a basketball game between two rival high schools. Moments later, a car returned and fired five or six shots at students standing outside the school, and then a second car drove by and sprayed the lot with gunfire again. No additional students were injured.
February 2, 2001: Detroit, MI
A gunshot fired from across the street shattered a window and glass slightly injured two students and a teacher at a Detroit high school. Injuries were reported as being superficial.
February 7, 2001: Dallas, TX
A 14-year-old eighth-grade female student’s left hand was grazed by a bullet after a 14-year-old male student held a gun to her chest, asked her if she was ready to die, and fired the gun in a Dallas middle school.
February 8, 2001: Los Angeles, CA
A 17-year-old male student was shot in his forearm and hip, and another 17-year-old male received head injuries after being repeatedly hit with an object, in an alleged gang fight outside of a high school.
February 14, 2001: New Haven, CT
A 16-year-old female student was shot in the leg as she was leaving her high school. Five shots had been fired in connection with an argument involving other males and the female was reportedly not the intended target.
March 6, 2001: Prince George’s County, MD
A 17-year-old male non-student was wounded outside of Largo Senior High School by a gunshot following a fight in the cafeteria that occurred during an after-school program.
March 7, 2001: Poplar Bluff, MO
A 14-year-old male student was accused of shooting a BB gun at a passing school bus, shattering the bus window that was made of safety glass. None of the students on the bus were injured.
March 7, 2001: Williamsport, PA
A 14-year-old female eighth-grade student fired a handgun in a crowded Catholic school cafeteria, wounding a 13-year-old female student.
March 9, 2001: Bellevue, WA
Police locked down a high school after shots were heard and three males were reportedly observed on a soccer field, one carrying a rifle, according to police. The incident occurred while students and parents were attending a drama rehearsal around 7pm in the evening at the high school. No arrests were reported.
March 12, 2001: Bell, CA
A 16-year-old male was shot in the head in what police were treating as a gang-related attack outside of his home near an elementary school at 2:30pm. The teen victim was found outside of the elementary school by police after they received the 911 call.
March 12, 2001: Louisville, KY
Elementary school students were locked down and hid under their desks for 30 to 45 minutes after a gunman fired shots at another person on a street behind the school. The gunman did not attempt to enter the school. All doors were locked prior to the shooting except for the main entrance.
March 22, 2001: El Cajon, CA
An 18-year-old high school senior who police say was armed with a 12-guage shotgun and a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun was arrested for firing shots that hit at least three students and two teachers with shotgun pellets. A school resource officer returned fire, shooting the suspect in the jaw and buttocks.
March 22, 2001: Benavides, TX
A 17-year-old male high school student was arrested for allegedly shooting out the front and back windows of his chemistry teacher’s pickup truck after learning that he was receiving a low grade. The male, a member of the high school’s baseball team, was reportedly upset because he needed a passing grade to continue playing baseball.
March 27, 2001: Los Angeles, CA
A gunman fired two shots outside of a high school at approximately 2:15pm. No one was injured, according to police.
April 3, 2001: Columbus, OH
A 16-year-old high school student was arrested after a gun he was allegedly carrying in his back pants discharged in a school restroom. No one was hurt.
April 4, 2001: Philadelphia, PA
A 6-year-old female elementary student was shot in the leg by a gun fired from a block or more away from school while she played on the school playground during recess.
April 18, 2001: Miami, FL
Two 11th-grade high school students pulled out guns and opened fired outside of their high school after a vehicle pulled up in an alley behind the high school and someone inside the car opened fire on them.
April 20, 2001: Monroe, LA
A 14-year-old male alternative school student pulled out a semi-automatic gun, pointed it at the principal, and pulled the trigger as students and school officials were waiting outside of the gym to check arriving students with a hand-held metal detector. The gun either misfired or did not have a round in the chamber, according to police. Students fled and the principal held the gym door shut as the male fired at least three rounds into the door. The suspect got into the gym through an open door and fired another shot.
May 7, 2001: New Orleans, LA
A 77-year-old woman was shot in the heel, a classroom window was struck with a stray bullet, and a class of first-graders was forced to take cover as gunshots were exchanged between a group of individuals on foot and a group in a car outside of an elementary school.
June 7, 2001: Richmond, VA
A 14-year-old male non-student suspected of driving a stolen car was shot by a police officer in the parking lot of a high school.
June 7, 2001: Boston, MA
An 18-year-old male who was reportedly angry about being dumped by his girlfriend and his father’s failing health allegedly fired on a school bus full of children with a high-powered pellet rifle. The male was reportedly a suspect in at least 12 other sniper attacks on motorists.
July 16, 2001: Racine, WI
A private security guard allegedly fired shots into an elementary school door around 6:15pm after responding to a burglary alarm and reportedly seeing a 13-year-old male running into the school. The officer stated that the gun accidentally discharged. Four children were inside the school according to playground leaders who were part of an after-school recreation program.
July 30, 2001: Los Angeles, CA
A school police officer was shot in the chest by a teen gunman in a high school parking lot. The officer escaped serious injury because he was wearing a bulletproof vest. The school, a year-round school, went into lockdown. The suspects fled after the confrontation.
Sample of Bombs, Bomb Threats, and Explosive Incidents
The following is a sample of 49 reported school-related bomb, bomb threats, and explosive incidents. This is only a sample and is not intended to represent a complete listing of incidents that occur in U.S. schools.
August 31, 2000: Edgerton, WI
Two 13-year-old males were charged with possession of an explosive device powerful enough to blow up a small building, according to police. The males reportedly built the bomb following instructions from the Internet and were talking about it at their middle school.
September 5, 2000: Temple Hills, MD
Police and arson investigators questioned a 13-year-old male suspected of being the source of at least 20 pipe bombs found inside his mother’s apartment. The school where the boy is a seventh grader was also searched, but nothing additional was found.
September 8, 2000: Berwick, ME
A 14-year-old male was arrested after school officials found a bag in the school cafeteria containing a half-dozen three or four-inch cylindrical objects wrapped in tape and attached to fuses. The boy reportedly told police that he learned how to build the devices from the Internet.
September 17, 2000: Denver, CO
The Denver Post documented cases statewide where schools stored aging science lab chemicals, a number of which were capable of creating large explosions. The report indicated that police bomb squads removed chemicals from 48 of 52 schools checked — a 92 percent discovery rate of hazardous materials in Colorado schools.
October 6, 2000: Charleston, SC
A 16-year-old male high school student was charged for injuring two girls by throwing a metal-laced cherry bomb into a crowded area of students waiting to leave school.
October 11, 2000: Orange County, CA
A 17-year-old Santa Ana High School sophomore reportedly faced expulsion and criminal charges after campus security officers found a live pipe bomb in his backpack.
October 15, 2000: Portland, OR
The 59-year-old father of a 17-year-old high school student was seriously injured when a bomb went off in the driveway of his residence that was apparently intended for the 17-year-old. The 17-year-old male reported an intimidating letter and fliers to school police two weeks before the blast. The 17-year-old was also reportedly the target of a dummy bomb delivered to his girlfriend’s house.
October 26, 2000: Grady, GA
Two high school male students, ages 15 and 16, were arrested after three chemical-filled bottles exploded outside of the high school and a smoke bomb was set off in a hallway.
October 31, 2000: San Antonio, TX
An 18-year-old high school junior was charged with planting five dummy bombs on October 20th in the corridors of Dilley High School.
November 1, 2000: Salt Lake City, UT
A pipe bomb was set off at a high school after someone broke into the school around 3a.m. and placed the bomb near the school mascot. School walls and ceiling areas reportedly had projectile damage and markings.
November 8, 2000: Denton County, TX
Northwestern ISD closed its five elementary schools, three middle schools, three intermediate schools, and its high school as law enforcement investigated an anonymous bomb threat reported as a part of an alleged plot overheard the previous day.
December 1, 2000: New Port Richey, FL
Approximately 3,200 middle and high school students were evacuated to the school sports stadium for 45 minutes after students told school officials that they believed that two male students brought a bomb to school. Potential explosive material was found in the backpack of a 15-year-old freshman. The two males were charged with misdemeanors for disruption of education. Police reported that the two males learned about the explosive combination when watching an educational video about Hiroshima and bomb making in a science class.
December 8, 2000: Granite City, IL
A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with attempted arson and disorderly conduct for attempting to blow up a chemistry lab in his high school. Police report that the male, who was caught on school security cameras entering the lab, turned on five gas jet burners for about eight minutes and closed the lab’s ventilators before another student walked into the room and noticed the smell. Police say that the 17-year-old left a message on a school computer about a week earlier saying that someone was going to blow up the lab.
January 12, 2001: Sacramento, CA
Two 13-year-old middle school students were arrested on suspicion of intending to make an explosive device after one of the males allegedly made a Molotov cocktail at home and took it to school to give to the other teen to use in a gang fight. The male was apprehended by the school’s security officer who had learned that a gang fight was supposed to occur.
January 24, 2001: Knoxville, TN
A 16-year-old male high school student was arrested after he brought a device he claimed was a bomb to school. The device, which was a plastic flashlight filled with nails, screws, fish hooks and a canister of compressed carbon dioxide, had no potential to explode according to reports.
February 2, 2001: Plain City, UT
A pipe bomb, found in a high school parking lot, was detonated off campus by an explosives team from an area Air Force base. Police reportedly indicated that a school custodian picked up the pipe bomb earlier in the week and did not know what it was until a police officer assigned to the school saw it later in the week and identified it as a bomb.
February 5, 2001: San Jose, CA
A water bottle filled with chemicals exploded a few yards from a high school building being renovated at the end of a high school campus. Nobody was injured according to reports.
February 6, 2001: Tazewell, TN
Two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old were arrested in connection with a scheme to detonate a bomb at a high school according to reports from the sheriff’s office.
February 11, 2001: Palm Harbor, FL
A 14-year-old eighth-grade male student was arrested at his home on charges of making a bomb and planning to set it off at his school, possibly the next day, according to police.
February 14, 2001: Elmira, NY
An 18-year-old male student was arrested by the high school’s school resource officer in the school cafeteria and was charged for allegedly bringing 18 bombs, a sawed-off shotgun, and a loaded pistol into the school.
February 17, 2001: Livingston, NJ
Two 14-year-old males were arrested by police responding to a burglary alarm at a middle school. One of the males threw an explosive device on the ground upon being approached by police. Explosive-making components and instructions were reportedly found at the home of the boy who threw down the device.
February 17, 2001: Williamsport, OH
Three teenagers (two age 16 and one age 17) were arrested and later admitted to breaking into their high school, ransacking the school, and attempting to detonate a tank to blow up the school. Reports indicate that they used a torch to cut locks off of doors, dumped nitric acid on a floor, took money and candy, and then soaked a curtain in flammable liquid, put it next to an acetylene tank, and set it on fire in an attempt to detonate the tank. The tank failed to ignite. Sheriff Department officials indicated that if the tank had exploded, it would have had more force than 37 sticks of dynamite.
February 21, 2001: Bogota, NJ
A 17-year-old male was arrested by police on weapons and explosives charges in connection with building a bomb in his room at home following an argument with another student and telling classmates that he had materials at home to make a bomb. Police reportedly found a metal can with kerosene and a wick, nails wrapped in duct tape, black powder, two large bottles of butane, and two pieces of pipe hidden behind a dead-bolted bedroom and closet doors.
February 27, 2001: Tampa, FL
Three 15-year-old students, two boys and one girl, were arrested after a small explosive device went off in a communal area of their high school. A plastic container stuffed with an explosive mixture was found by officials.
February 27, 2001: Tampa, FL
Several students at a Tampa technical high school built an inert bomb as a class project focusing on building model weapons of the past or future. Police described the bomb as “inert” but noted that if it was functional, it could cause massive damage in a 300-foot area.
February 28, 2001: Chino Valley, CA
An apparent pipe bomb exploded outside of classrooms and school security authorities found a second explosive device that failed to detonate at a Chino high school.
March 1, 2001: Bridgeton, NJ
A 15-year-old was arrested on charges of planting two fake bombs at a high school. Police reportedly described the devices as “very crude.”
March 9, 2001: Albany, NY
A 17-year-old male high school student was charged for placing a fake bomb on school grounds. A school monitor noticed the device in the courtyard with wires sticking out of it and a note indicating that it was a bomb. Another student told a school security official that the male planted the device.
March 9, 2001: Pottstown, PA
Administrators at a suburban Philadelphia high school near Phoenixville, PA, banned students’ cars in the school parking lots and prohibited students from carrying water bottles and soda cans, as well as book bags that are not clear plastic or mesh. The bans occurred following a series of bomb threats in the three weeks prior to the bans. More than a dozen real or hoax bombs were found in the area since March of 2000. Seven were pipe bombs, five of which exploded in or near cars at shopping malls.
March 12, 2001: New Canaan, CT
A juvenile male high school sophomore was arrested on bomb-making charges for bringing one explosive device to the school and for having four others at home, according to police. The devices were reportedly made from “regular household items” and were “big enough to cause significant damage,” police said.
March 14, 2001: Haughton, LA
A 12-year-old male student was arrested after taking a cylindrical cardboard fireworks tube with added powder and shrapnel to school in his briefcase. Similar supplies were found in the boy’s room at his house according to deputies.
March 14, 2001: Lowell, MA
Police removed chemicals believed to be intended for making a bomb from the home of a 13-year-old male middle school student. The search stemmed from a city police officer assigned to the schools who had learned that the student was reportedly making threats about hurting a teacher and classmates with an explosive device.
March 22, 2001: Myrtle Beach, SC
School officials closed all 44 of Horry County’s schools after the superintendent received mailed bomb threats saying that bombs would be placed in several county schools that day. Police and school officials searched all schools according to reports.
March 23, 2001: Norristown, PA
A 21-year-old elementary school teacher’s aide confessed to making a series of bomb threats at local public schools, including her own school, between the period of March 2-22, 2001. Police reportedly indicated that she did so to get back at co-workers.
April 3, 2001: Woodbury Heights, NJ
A 25-year-old male elementary teacher was charged for allegedly making bomb threats at his Catholic elementary school and at a recreation center where he worked as an assistant swimming coach.
April 5, 2001: New York, NY
A 14-year-old Bronx intermediate school student was arrested after school safety agents discovered bottles filled with gasoline inside his backpack as he was going through a metal detector.
April 9, 2001: Taylor, MI
Two 16-year-old males and a 20-year-old male were charged with nine felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in a weapons-free school zone and possession or manufacture of a bomb in connection with at least three pop bottle bombs that injured nine Catholic elementary school students and a teacher. The two juveniles reportedly later admitted in court to the offenses.
April 9, 2001: Waukegan, IL
Three teens (ages 16,18, and 19) were arrested for phoning in bomb threats and detonating explosives at a high school. Two chemical-based plastic explosive devices exploded, one in a toilet bowl and the other in a garbage can, and similar devices were found in the boys bathroom. Two five-pound bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, the explosive used in the Oklahoma City bombing, were also found in the home of one of the three teens.
April 12, 2001: Pooler, GA
Police raided the homes of 11 middle school students and arrested a 14-year-old male who had several guns, bomb recipes, $4,900 in cash, and Nazi posters in his room. The 14-year-old reportedly had two handguns in his room, along with two shotguns and three rifles legally possessed in his closest. The raid was in connection with an investigation of rumors of a bomb plot at their middle school.
April 18, 2001: Loveland, CO
A 17-year-old former high school student was arrested for allegedly taking an explosive device onto the school’s parking lot between school days. Police found him in a vehicle on the lot around 12:30am at which time he was reportedly in possession of a palm-sized cylindrical device which included a fuse for its detonator.
April 20, 2001: Palm Beach County, FL
A fake bomb in the form of a flashlight rigged with wires, batteries, and an antenna was found in high school locker. Students were evacuated to a school parking lot. Sheriff’s officers responded and secured and detonated the fake device.
April 20, 2001: Santa Fe, NM
Three teen high school students were arrested and charged with two felonies after five explosions from bombs made with water and dry ice forced a two-hour lockdown and the eventual evacuation of their high school. A sixth bomb was found by police, who detonated it.
April 21, 2001: Burbank, CA
Two 18-year-old high school students were arrested and charged attempting to possess explosives after they were reported by a third student they allegedly attempted to recruit to help them with their plot to blow up their high school as revenge for verbal torments from other students.
April 25, 2001: Baltimore, MD
A seventh-grade student was questioned by police after middle school students were evacuated and emergency teams responded after students told a teacher that another student had a bottle containing ammonia wrapped with wires and batteries.
May 12, 2001: Manchester, NH
A fake bomb was found in a middle school by a School Resource Officer (SRO). State police bomb experts responded.
May 18, 2001: Pemberton Township, NJ
A 14-year-old eighth-grade male middle school student was arrested and charged with making threats against his school after police found a hand-grenade simulator, M-18 smoke grenade, and empty shell casings believed to come from a nearby military facility.
May 25, 2001: Rochester, NY
A 29-year-old female science teacher was arrested for allegedly making a racially abusive phone call to her school in which she also threatened to blow up the building and to shoot employees at the school.
June 4, 2001: Des Moines, IO
An elementary school principal followed two youths and identified them for police after a school employee observed them pushing a homemade bomb under a fence and onto the school yard. The bomb was made of household chemicals and a plastic pop bottle.
July 4, 2001: Hilmar, CA
A pipe bomb with powder and nails blew up school lockers during the night at a high school, destroying 18 lockers and sending debris 30 feet from the explosion site. A similar incident occurred two nights earlier that destroyed nine lockers.
Sample of 113 Other Reported
School Crime, Violence, and Crisis Incidents in 2000-2001
August 1, 2000: Tallapoosa, GA
Four high school students and an adult friend were charged with forgery after students allegedly made counterfeit money on a high school drafting class computer and passed hundred of dollars in fake bills around town, according to police.
August 15, 2001: Bartow, FL
A 15-year-old ninth-grade male student was arrested after he twice slashed a 14-year-old male student in the head with a box cutter, requiring 71 stitches to close the wound.
September 7, 2000: New Orleans, LA
A New Orleans school security officer approached a large group of students about five blocks from a middle school and a 13-year-old dropped a gun. The male was later apprehended and arrested.
September 7, 2000: Springfield, OR
A 17-year-old male high school student was arrested after a loaded .22-caliber gun was found in the trunk of his car.
September 8, 2000: Billings, MT
A 23-year-old man was reportedly arrested for outstanding warrants and for being in possession of a loaded handgun in the school’s parking lot.
September 12, 2000: Galveston, TX
A 7-year-old male leaving school found a loaded gun in his backpack that was allegedly put there by his mother’s 27-year-old boyfriend, who was later charged for the incident.
September 12, 2000: Houston, TX
An elementary school assistant principal and teacher’s aide were reassigned pending an investigation into the abduction of a 7-year-old student from the school on August 28th by family members allegedly using bogus legal documents showing they had custody of the child.
September 12, 2000: La Junta, CO
A school was reportedly fire-bombed by individuals who were suspected of doing so to create a diversion while they robbed a bank elsewhere in town.
September 13, 2000: Smithville, TN
A female high school student was reportedly stabbed by another female student as they rode home on a school bus. The victim suffered three knife wounds according to reports.
September 21, 2000: Mobile, AL
A 44-year-old school clerk reported the theft of her purse, which contained a handgun, from her high school office. She left her office to unload television equipment at the school.
September 23, 2000: Port Orange, FL
About 100 coaches, players, parents and others reportedly took part in a brawl at a football game for 13 and 14-year-olds.
September 24, 2000: Glastonbury, CT
A 22-year-old former high school student was arrested after he told police that he planned to ambush and kill at least five people at his former high school. He was arrested when residents called police after hearing shots fired near the high school’s athletic field around 7:45pm in the evening.
September 27, 2000: New York, NY
A 17-year-old armed with a loaded .9mm handgun was arrested by police outside of a high school after a chase and the male repeatedly pointing the gun at two police officers. No one shots were fired.
October 2, 2000: Billings, MT
One high school student was arrested and another was under investigation for two shootings with pellet guns. One shooting reportedly occurred at the end of a football game on September 29th and the other occurred off school grounds on October 2nd. The two were believed to be related.
October 3, 2000: Knob Noster, MO
Two sixth-grade, 12-year-old males were arrested before entering their middle school. One of the males was in possession of a knife. A parent had reportedly informed school officials, who in turn notified police, of an alleged plot by the students to kill their teachers.
October 10, 2000: Port Allen, LA
Two high school female students, ages 16 and 17, were arrested on attempted-murder charges stemming from a school fight. One victim was cut on the forehead with a safety razor and another victim was hit with a pair of scissors.
October 16, 2000: Dallas, TX
A 15-year-old male was arrested when a .22-caliber unloaded gun fell on the middle school cafeteria floor and was confiscated by a school security officer.
October 18, 2000: Tarrant County, TX
An 18-year-old was arrested by the school resource officer who found over 500 rounds of ammunition and a stolen .22-caliber gun in the student’s car in the high school parking lot.
October 18, 2000: Rio Rancho, NM
A 19-year-old male was arrested for allegedly carrying a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition in his car while it was on high school grounds.
October 19, 2000: Laurel, MS
A fifth grade student was arrested after having allegedly brought a gun to school from his home.
October 20, 2000: Fort Pierce, FL
A 17-year-old male student was arrested after he reportedly brought a stolen .45-caliber semiautomatic gun to school and was detected by a school administrator.
October 24, 2000: Glendale, AZ
An armed former male student was arrested after holding a classroom full of children and a teacher hostage at his former elementary school. A lockdown was called and the male was taken into custody by police. No one was injured.
October 31, 2000: Manassas, VA
A 43-year-old former elementary school art teacher was convicted of bringing a loaded .38 caliber revolver to school in her canvas bag on March 6. Another teacher had found the bag a few feet away from student’s desks.
November 1, 2000: Carrollton, TX
A 15-year-old high school male student with a loaded 9mm automatic handgun took 18 students and their pregnant teacher hostage. Police forced the door open and subdued the student, and no one was injured, according to reports.
November 1, 2000: New York, NY
Approximately 200 gallons of heating fuel spilled shortly before 11a.m. outside of Public School 206 during a morning delivery, forcing hundreds of students and worker evacuate the school. Five students, two teachers, and a school custodian reportedly were taken to the hospital.
November 2, 2000: Miami, FL
Police arrested four high school students for violently beating a 15-year-old student they chose at random as a part of a gang initiation ritual.
November 9, 2000: Montgomery County, MD
Two Montgomery County students and a third teenager were arrested after handguns were brought to schools in separate incidents, according to police.
November 17, 2000: Plankinton, SD
An accidental propane explosion heavily damaged a southeastern South Dakota high school, killing a school custodian and a school administrator, and injuring a volunteer firefighter.
November 20, 2000: Brooklyn, NY
A 14-year-old male student was arrested for slashing a 16-year-old male student in the face and chest during a fight in a high school cafeteria.
November 20, 2000: Middletown, PA
A 42-year-old former custodian was subdued by state police after roaming the halls of an elementary school while wearing a hunting mask and armed with a loaded .44-caliber revolver.
November 28, 2000: Kent, WA
A ninth-grader was arrested for assaulting a school security officer, resulting in the officer being sent to the hospital.
November 30, 2000: Daytona Beach, FL
A high school was sent into a lockdown situation for the second time in two days due to two bank robberies at a nearby bank. In the first incident on November 29, the school resource officer (SRO), after ordering a school lockdown, apprehended one bank robbery suspect hiding in shrubs near the school bus loop and student parking lot area of the school.
December 1, 2000: Los Angeles, CA
Four high school students, ages 14, 16, 17, and 18, were arrested for the alleged gang raping of a 16-year-old female classmate. The victim and the suspects were reportedly among 15 students who skipped school and went to the home of another student whose parents were out of town, according to police.
December 1, 2000: Suffolk, VA
Police arrested a 15-year-old ninth-grader and charged him with malicious wounding, using a knife in the commission of a felony and possession of a weapon on school property in connection with an apparent knife fight that left a tenth-grader, also age 15, with severe cuts on his back. The ninth-grade suspect also had a small cut on his right thumb according to reports.
December 5, 2000: El Reno, OK
Seven high school students were suspended and four were charged with obstructing and assaulting an officer after a high school fight involving about 40 students. A deputy sheriff working at the school was assaulted while trying to break up the fight, according to the police.
December 19, 2000: Milton, PA
An 18-year-old dropout was charged with arson and aggravated assault after setting off a M-80 firecracker and assaulting the high school’s vice principal. The male was also in possession of a butcher knife and a cooking knife, along with additional fireworks.
December 22, 2000: Seattle, WA
A 41-year-old man and his young son survived without injury an emergency landing when their single-engine airplane stalled and forced them to land in a high school football field. School was in session at the time.
January 5, 2001: Riverside, NJ
A 13-year-old male briefly held his eighth-grade teacher and 21 students hostage with a 9 and 1/2-inch butcher knife. School officials disarmed him and he was arrested.
January 8, 2001: Brooklyn, NJ
Four teenage gang members stabbed and slashed each other in a fight outside of a Brooklyn alternative school according to reports. Police reportedly recovered a knife, a razor, and a pair of scissors.
January 16, 2001: Miami, FL
A 13-year-old male alternative school student was arrested for stealing his stepfather’s .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic gun as a part of his plot to shoot his home economics teacher seven times, starting at the knees and working his way up to the head.
January 19, 2001: Boston, MA
A 53-year-old first-grade teacher was assaulted by the mother of one of her students, resulting in the teacher falling and receiving a gash to her face upon hitting her desk. The assault took place as students watched after the mother and grandmother walked into the classroom and began shouting at the teacher, according to reports.
January 23, 2001: Anchorage, AK
A 16-year-old male was stabbed in the arm by another student during an after-school fight according to police.
January 26, 2001: Palm Coast, FL
A 19-year-old teacher’s aide was arrested and reportedly faced attempted murder charges after ramming her speeding car into the wall of a fourth-grade elementary school classroom in an apparent attempt to commit suicide.
January 27, 2001: Rose Lake, ID
A 63-year-old driver of a bus carrying 33 high school athletes, cheerleaders and two coaches slumped over and died, sending the bus off the road and into several trees according to reports. Twelve students were treated and released at hospitals. The driver likely suffered a stroke or heart attack, according to police.
January 30, 2001: Gallup, NM
A tractor-trailer carrying explosives jackknifed on an icy interstate road, forcing two schools, businesses, and a shopping mall to close.
February 1, 2001: Boston, MA
A 15-year-old male student was arrested after allegedly lunging at a physical education teacher with a knife.
February 2, 2001: Denver, CO
Police sent more than a dozen police cars, a helicopter, and others to a high school following a fight that broke out at a school dance competition. Initial reports that shots were fired turned out to be false.
February 2, 2001: Providence, RI
Three fifth grade students were suspended for possession of a notebook in which they had indicated that they planned to beat one students and to kill three others.
February 3, 2001: Denver, CO
A 15-year-old and a 17-year-old were arrested in connection with the stabbing of two girls, ages 14 and 16, during a fight at a school bus stop.
February 5, 2001: Hoyt, KS
Three students, ages 18, 17, and 16, were arrested for plotting an attack on their high school after police reportedly found bomb-making materials, floor plans of the school, a modified assault rifle, ammunition, and white supremacist drawings at three homes.
February 7, 2001: Fort Collins, CO
Two 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old were charged with plotting an armed attack on their junior high school.
February 7, 2001: Oakdale and Maplewood, MN
A 32-year-old substitute health aide was charged for stealing more than 500 tablets of Ritalin and Adderall (identified as a similar drug) from four elementary schools between November and February.
February 7, 2001: Greensboro, NC
A veteran school resource officer was in intensive care with head injuries after being dragged by a suspect trying to get away in a stolen car following an attempt to arrest the 17-year-old suspect at a high school.
February 9, 2001: Felton, PA
A 56-year-old male was arrested for attacking a principal, teacher, and several students with a machete at an elementary school.
February 13, 2001: Meridian, MS
A 16-year-old was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly slashing another junior high school student’s throat with a straight-edged razor according to police. Officials said that attack took place at the junior high school during class changes in the morning.
February 15, 2001: Boise, ID
Three fifth-grade elementary students were suspended and faced expulsion for poking and scratching at least 22 students with needled similar to those used by diabetics to test blood sugar.
February 16, 2001: Boston, MA
A 14-year-old was stabbed in the back with a knife by a 13-year-old at a middle school and a dispute over an orange juice at a high school cafeteria resulted in a 15-year-old being cut on the back, according to reports.
February 16, 2001: Middlesex, NJ
A 13-year-old was charged with 10 counts of making terrorist threats after she allegedly compiled a “hit list” of classmates she wanted to kill.
February 22, 2001: Denver, CO
A 16-year-old was stabbed in the neck outside of a high school following a fight.
February 22, 2001: Portland, OR
Three students were injured when one student attacked another with a knife at the entrance to a high school cafeteria, and the third student became involved before security officials intervened. One student suffered stab wounds to the lower abdomen and another was treated for stab wounds. The stabbing was allegedly in retaliation for an earlier fight related to gang activity.
February 23, 2001: Mount Pleasant, TN
A 15-year-old female allegedly stabbed another female student in the foot during a fight at a high school.
February 23, 2001: Madison, WI
An unidentified male grabbed an English teacher during night school and threatened her with a gun, then fleeing the building when confronted by students.
February 23, 2001: Jefferson County, CO
A 13-year-old female middle school student was taken into custody by police after school officials found a notebook in her locker with an apparent hit list of students, along with information from the Internet on bombs and weapons, and a map of the school.
February 27, 2001: Coconut Creek, FL
A school resource officer was credited with saving the lives of students at the elementary school where she was assigned after she used her vehicle as a roadblock to prevent a robbery suspect from barreling through the school zone as school let out at dismissal.
March 1, 2001: El Paso, TX
Police arrested 13 students after a high school food fight escalated into a riot involving 400 students, according to reports.
March 6, 2001: Elkhart, IN
A man pursued by police attempted to escape by running through an elementary school Students were moved to safe areas within 30 seconds after a lockdown was called.
March 7, 2001: Twentynine Palms, CA
Two male 17-year-old high school students were arrested for a hit list of 16 students to shoot on campus. Police reportedly found a .22 caliber rifle at one home and a list of students to be targeted at the other home.
March 8, 2001: Covington, WA
A 16-year-old male student, who was described as “distraught” and “suicidal”, was arrested after pulling out a handgun during class in a portable classroom. The male reportedly did not point the gun or threaten anyone, although he did allegedly order then to sit down and shut up before he eventually let them leave the room.
March 9, 2001: Allen, WA
Two 13-year-old males were arrested after two elementary school students notified the principal that they were threatening to harm students. One male had allegedly threatened to shoot students and the other had typed on a computer threatening to bring guns or a bomb to the school.
March 9, 2001: Indianapolis, IN
More than 20 students from across Indiana were facing criminal charges and suspension for threatening violence in school this week, including a 14-year-old Indianapolis student who reportedly threatened to bring a gun to his high school campus and officials found a diary of a planned attack in his bookbag.
March 9, 2001: Prince George’s County, MD
Police arrested a 17-year-old male with a loaded sawed-off shotgun in his backpack while at his high school. The arrest came following a tip from another student.
March 12, 2001: Arlington, MA
An 18-year-old male high school student was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a teacher’s head and saying, “Don’t move.” The weapon was reportedly a pellet gun that resembled a 9mm gun.
March 15, 2001: Arlington, TX
Police were searching for a 22-year-old man accused of mailing a terroristic threat letter to a high school that indicated he had knowledge of explosives and made a threat to the school. A 16-year-old student at another area high school, who was apprehended by a school security officer while writing a threat to the school’s principal on a restroom wall, was also arrested and charged for the threatening graffiti.
March 20, 2001: Northglenn, CO
A 14-year-old middle school student was charged with 20 counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder for allegedly asking two other students to help him kill 10 others. The suspect has reportedly been in a psychiatric facility but was then transferred to a youth detention facility after his arrest.
March 22, 2001: Dunedin, FL
A 13-year-old seventh-grade female was arrested for attempting to grab a school resource officer’s gun and punching him in the face while he broke up a fight, according to sheriff department officials. The deputy subdued her and charges were filed.
March 23, 2001: Great Falls, MT
A fifth-grade, 11-year-old elementary student was suspended and police were notified to investigate his alleged plan to shoot and kill five classmates he did not like, and then kill himself, according to reports. A school resource officer indicated that the threat was “genuine” and that there was a “genuine conspiracy” as he had asked another student to bring guns from home and meet him outside the school.
March 26, 2001: Portland, OR
An 18-year-old male was arrested and charged for allegedly making an Internet threat against a New York high school that resulted in classes being cancelled for almost 1,700 students on March 23rd.
March 26, 2001: Derry, NH
An 18-year-old male was arrested after a library patron reported seeing him holding a .22 caliber semiautomatic handgun and threatening to “take care of business” at a private academy school. A 19-year-old male was also arrested for carrying a 9-inch, double-edged dagger that he claimed was used for religious purposes.
March 27, 2001: Sandpoint, ID
A high school senior was apprehended for bringing a loaded shotgun and pellet pistol onto school grounds. Another student reported the incident and a school resource officer responded.
March 27, 2001: Tyler, TX
A 15-year-old male high school student was arrested after bringing a .22 caliber handgun to school and assaulting a campus officer who disarmed him.
March 27, 2001: Cathedral City, CA
Police arrested 11 teens for allegedly selling ecstasy, LSD, and marijuana at Palm Springs area high schools following a six-month investigation. A total of 26 firearms, most high-powered assault weapons, along with $5,000 worth of drugs were seized from the homes of the teens. One of the teens was age 18 and all others were older.
March 29, 2001: San Antonio, TX
An elementary school went into a lockdown after an adult male fled to the school. The male, who was wounded after being shot in the leg, was reportedly involved in a domestic conflict near the school that involved a police officer and a citizen being killed.
March 29, 2001: Phoenix, AZ
A 14-year-old female student was arrested for threatening another student and for bringing a .9mm handgun to school. School officials noticed the gun in her pants while talking with her and the girl reportedly ran from the principal’s office and was apprehended by the school resource officer. Although the gun was not loaded, officials reported finding one bullet when they searched the girl.
April 3, 2001: New Orleans, LA
Thirteen male high students were arrested following a fight in a fourth-floor classroom. One of the males was found with brass knuckles.
April 5, 2001: Erie, PA
A 9-year-old female elementary school student was suspended after she brought a loaded handgun to school. The student never took the gun out of her backpack and never threatened anyone, according to reports.
April 10, 2001: Mattawa, WA
A 16-year-old male high school student briefly held his English class hostage with a loaded hunting rifle, according to police. The student was allegedly despondent and taking medication for depression. He was talked into surrendering the weapon by the high school principal and a crisis intervention specialist.
April 18, 2001: Madison, WI
Three schools were ordered locked down while police pursued at least three men connected with an armed robbery in the neighborhood. The suspects fled in a vehicle and then on foot while being pursued by police.
April 19, 2001: Las Vegas, NV
Two 15-year-old eighth-grade students were suspended for threatening to shoot up their school. Police issued a summons for trespassing to one of the males at a middle school campus and the other ran to an apartment where he and a 19-year-old were arrested. Police reportedly found seven pistols and rifles in the apartment where the two males were found hiding.
April 27, 2001: Long Beach, CA
Two 17-year-old male juniors at a private high school were arrested a weapons including rifles, a shotgun, a handgun, and ammunition were seized after police learned that the males were allegedly plotting an assault on classmates and faculty.
May 1, 2001: Detroit, MI
A 13-year-old middle school student was suspected of raping a 12-year-old female middle school student in a storage room during school hours. The victim reportedly told police that girls held her down while a boy sexually assaulted her. The county prosecutor also indicated that he would open a criminal investigation into possible security lapses that may have played a role in the alleged rape.
May 2, 2001: St. Louis, MO
A 14-year-old female was allegedly stabbed three times by a 12-year-old female outside of a middle school. The incident reportedly occurred around 7:15am as students were about to enter an alternative middle school. The victim required 2 and 1/2 hours of surgery for two abdomen wounds and one wound to the back of her hand from a 5-inch steak knife.
May 7, 2001: Anchorage, AK
A 33-year-old male was charged with slashing the throats of four elementary school children while students were waiting on a school playground for breakfast.
May 10, 2001: Dorchester, MA
A 15-year-old male was stabbed in the heart after he reportedly stepped into a fight to help his friend outside of a middle school. A 16-year-old was suspect was arrested. A 13-year-old student and another juvenile non-student were also identified as suspects.
May 11, 2001: Louisville, KY
A 14-year-old male middle school student was stabbed in an eighth-grade social studies class. A 13-year-old male student was charged for the attack.
May 14, 2001: North Augusta, GA
An 15-year-old male was arrested while sitting in his high school gym balcony bleachers in possession of a .32-caliber revolver and six rounds of ammunition. He was apprehended by the principal and a School Resource Officer (SRO).
May 15, 2001: Chicago, IL
A 14-year-old male freshman was arrested after allegedly showing off a fully loaded .38-caliber revolver to students in the cafeteria, and then struggling and attempting to run from school police.
May 16, 2001: Boiling Springs, SC
School officials locked down a high school for three hours after a box of ammunition and a death threat paper was found in a boys’ restroom.
May 18, 2001: Garden Grove, CA
A female teacher was struck in the head with a blunt object by an unknown assailant who approached her from behind as she was alone in her classroom during lunch. The school had reportedly received more than 30 threats of violence in the two months prior to the incident.
May 21, 2001: Cuthbert, GA
A seventh-grade male student was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after pointing a loaded revolver at another student in a school cafeteria. A student and four coaches grabbed the suspect, disarmed him, and held him for sheriff’s deputies.
May 23, 2001: Pittsburgh, PA
Five city schools were locked down as police searched for a suspect who fled from his home while police served an arrest warrant.
May 24, 2001: Queens, NY
A 14-year-old student allegedly stabbed a 17-year-old high school student in the chest in a suspected gang-related fight.
May 27, 2001: Fort Meade, MD
A 17-year-old male student was arrested and charged for possession of a 9mm handgun with a filed serial number that he brought to school to allegedly frighten another student.
May 28, 2001: Tucson, AZ
Pima County law enforcement officials reportedly arrested 514 county students for making comments perceived to be threats during the course of this school year, averaging about three arrests per school day according to a newspaper report.
May 29, 2001: Bronx, NY
A 17-year-old male high school student was slashed in the chest, head, and back with a razor blade allegedly by another 17 year-old male student during a fight.
May 30, 2001: Richmond, VA
Two high school students allegedly assaulted a female security officer, resulting in the officer being treated for bruises at a local medical center.
June 6, 2001: Miami, FL
Police arrested two robbery suspects outside of an elementary school and searched room-to-room inside the school for a third suspect as approximately 80 students inside the school were secured in a classroom.
June 7, 2001: Arlington, TX
A 26-year-old police officer was shot in the head and died by a fellow officer in an accidental shooting during a crisis training exercise at a junior high school. (Note: This incident is not listed in the school-related violent death count above due to the fact that it was found to be an accidental shooting.)
June 7, 2001: Dania Beach, FL
A 12-year-old sixth-grader was arrested after a teacher found a loaded gun in his backpack. The male reportedly claimed that he was trying to protect himself from another student who was harassing him over Pokemon cards.
June 12, 2001: Jersey City, NJ
A kindergarten student was suspended for bringing a butcher knife to school so she could stab a classmate who allegedly had been harassing her, according to reports.
June 13, 2001: Boston, MA
A 13-year-old female middle school student, who was reportedly upset over being harassed, allegedly slashed the 13-year-old male student on his face and chest with a razor blade.
June 15, 2001: Bridgeport, CT
A car plowed into a group of people waiting for a school bus, resulting in a woman and three children being injured. A nine-year-old female was dragged a short distance and pinned under the car, but bystanders lifted it off of her. The driver had apparently passed out while drive according to reports.
June 22, 2001: Lucerne Valley, CA
Two parents, ages 45 and 48, entered a school superintendent’s office, handcuffed him, announced that he was under citizens’ arrest, and kidnapped him, driving him away in their vehicle. They were charged with kidnapping, conspiracy, and false imprisonment. The parents were reportedly chronic complainers about district policies.
July 28, 2001: Monticello, MN
A sheriff’s deputy was assaulted and needed 16 stitches in his face after chasing two suspects observed outside of an elementary school where a burglar alarm had been activated. The deputy responded to the alarm at the school and saw computer equipment on the grass outside of the school, while a district employee who responded saw the two men hiding in a ditch. The men fled and the deputy pursued them. One man was apprehended following the confrontation and the assailant remained at large at the time of the report.