18 school shootings in 44 days. 18 school shootings since January 1, 2018. Let that sink in. It’s time to protect our communities. We have the right to bear arms. We have the right to be a part of the NRA. We have the right to protect ourselves.

But, when will we have the right to protect our children so that they can go to school without fear? An education in which we don’t have to worry about what weapons are entering their classrooms. An education where mental health is addressed instead of swept under the rug. An education where your child is crying on the other end as she hides in the closet. An education that finally puts politics aside. An education that doesn’t become #19.

The list of school shootings in 2018 was copied from the New York Daily News.

Jan. 3, St. Johns, Mich.

The first school shooting took place just three days into the new year, at East Olive Elementary School in St. Johns, Mich.

A 31-year-old man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the former school’s parking lot.

Jan. 4, Seattle, Wash.

A gunshot was fired at the New Start High School in Seattle, Wash. The round entered an office window and ended up lodged in a three-ring binder. No one was injured.

Jan, 10 Sierra Vista, Ariz.

A teen was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Coronado Elementary School bathroom.

Jan. 10, San Bernardino, Calif.

At least one shot was fired, shattering a California State University classroom window. No injuries were reported.

Jan. 10, Denison, Texas

A bullet was accidentally fired through a classroom wall at the Grayson College Criminal Justice Center. No one was injured.

Jan. 15, Marshall, Texas

Gunshots rang out on the Wiley College Campus in Marshall. A bullet went through a residential hall’s dorm room. No injuries were reported.

Jan. 20, Winston-Salem, N.C.

A Winston-Salem State University football player was shot and killed at an event at Wake Forest University.

Jan. 22, Italy, Texas

A teenage girl was wounded at Italy High school after a 16-year-old suspect opened fire with a semi-automatic hangun.

Jan. 22, Gentilly, La.

A shooting outside The NET Charter High School injured a 14-year-old boy.

Jan. 23, Benton, Ky.

Two people were killed and another 15 were shot at Marshall County High School.

Jan. 25, Mobile, Ala.

Murphy High School student Jonah Neal fired a gun on campus. No one was injured.

Jan. 26, Dearborn, Mich.

Shots were fired from a car in Dearborn High School’s parking lot. No injuries were reported.

Jan. 31, Pa.

Gunshots erupted as a fight broke out outside of Lincoln High School. A 32-year-old man was shot twice and later pronounced dead.

Feb. 1, Los Angeles, Calif.

An accidental shooting injured five children at the Salvador B. Castro Middle School in downtown Los Angeles.

Feb. 5, Oxon Hill, Md.

A teen was shot outside of Oxon Hill High School. The victim survived.

Feb. 5, Maplewood, Minn.

A third-grader pulled the trigger on a cop’s gun, firing a shot at the Harmony Learning Center. No one was injured.

Feb. 8, New York, N.Y.

A teen was taken into custody after a shot was fired inside Metropolitan High School. No one was injured.

Feb. 14, Broward County, Fla.

A former student killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High.

To put this into perspective, there have been more than 290 shootings since the tragedy at Sandy Hook on December 14, 2012. That means a gun has been fired at a school almost every week since then. This map was taken from the Los Angeles Times, and you can find more in-depth statistics by clicking here.

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