Gunfire Regularly Occurs Near D.C. Schools


More than half of all shootings during Washington, D.C.'s 2011-2012 school year occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, according to a new study by the non-profit Urban Institute.

Researchers examined data recorded by ShotSpotter, a gunfire detection system, between 7am and 7pm during the 2011-2012 school year. During that time, 54 percent of D.C. schools covered by gunfire-detection technology had at least one burst of gunfire occur within 1,000 feet of the school.

Nearly half of all incidents, 48 percent, occurred near 9 percent of schools.

There were 9 to 11 incidents that occurred within 500 feet of four schools, including two middle schools and an elementary school.

“These findings shed new light on students’ exposure to violence and raises important questions about the psychological impact of gunfire on students,” researchers wrote. “Proximity to gunfire may affect truancy and educational outcomes.”

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