Gunshots and Lockdowns: When Nearby Gun Violence Interrupts The School Day

Number 28490
Subject School Violence
Year 2019
Publication Date June 2019
Summary The piece focuses on how daily gun violence affects schools in Washington, D.C. What happens when students go to school in areas with a high rate of gun crime? To avoid emotional harm, we took a secondary data analysis approach to answering that question — pulling gunshot data from D.C.'s Shotspotter database. We then calculated the number of gunshots within a 1,000-foot radius of schools, and used the geography of the city to begin to find our way to an answer.
Category Philip Meyer Contest entry
Keywords Guns and America, schools, shootings, violence, Washington, D.C., crime, Shotspotter, gunshots, lockdowns, education
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