The Worst School Massacres, Shootings and Killings
The Worst School Massacres In the United States and In the World
Tragedy too often strikes our schools and universities in the form of a crazed killer or killers. Here is a list of the worst school and university massacres, shootings and killings, both in the United States and around the world.
September 1, 2004
The worst school massacre of all time took place when Cechen rebels took more than 1,100 hostage at School Number 1 in Beslan, an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation. After the third day of a standoff, Russian forces stormed the building; the rebels set off explosives and a gunbattle ensued. 334 hostages were killed, including 186 children.
May 18, 1927
By far the worst school massacre in US history took place in the tiny town of Bath, Michigan in 1927. There, an angry school board member named Andrew Kehoe blew up the town’s school, killing 45 and wounding 58. Most of the victims were kindergarten through sixth grade students. A secondary explosion killed Kehoe and the school Superintendent.
April 16, 2007
A student gunman killed 33 in dorms and a nearby classroom building. He then killed himself.
April 26, 2002
A former student kills 18, including himself at a school in eastern Germany.
March 13, 1996
Sixteen children and a teacher are killed by a gunman, who then kills himself.
April 20, 1999
In what now is known as the Columbine Massacre, 13 are killed and 22 wounded by two gunmen.
August 1, 1966
From the observation deck of the University of Texas’ tower, Charles Whitman killed 16 and wounded 31 in a shooting rampage that lasted for 96 minutes.
March 21, 2005
Red Lake, Minnesota
A sixteen year old kills his grandfather and a friend, then heads to school where kills seven others. The massacre ends when he turns the gun on himself.
October 2, 2006
Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania
A gunman shot eleven Amish girls in a one-room schoolhouse, killing six.
January 1, 1989
Five children are killed and 30 others wounded in a massacre at Cleveland Elementary. As is typical, the gunman also killed himself.
March 24, 1998
A pair of boys, aged 11 and 13 shoot fifteen. A teacher and four students die.
November 1, 1991
Iowa City, Iowa
A Chinese graduate student, upset at being passed over for academic honors, kills five University of Iowa employees before turning the gun on himself.
April 15, 1995
San Diego, California
A 36-year-old graduate engineering student kills three professors while defending this thesis before a faculty committee.