African-Americans Also “Shoot Up Schools”

Essays on the Color Line and the One-Drop Rule
by Frank W Sweet
September 7, 2009

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ccording to President Obama’s (now resigned) “green policy” advisor Van Jones, “Only suburban white kids shoot-up schools.” See the video.

In fact, most school shooters (55 percent) are African Americans. Ever since the federal government made the nation’s schools death-traps in 1996 by outlawing armed self-defense by administrators, teachers, staff, or students, the rate of incidents has climbed to one school shooting every 60 days. From January 1, 1997 to September 16, 2009 there have been 50 school shootings involving 66 shooters. Of those 66 shooters, 36 were African-American, 19 were Euro-American, and 11 were other (Korean, Philippine, Indian, undetermined). Click on the links in the following table for pictures of the shooters. The fraction of African-American school shooters (53 percent) is higher than the African-American share of any other form of criminal violence.

Name Place Date Dead ? W B Source
Bethel Regional High School Bethel, Alaska 19 Feb 1997 2 1 0 0 19970219
Pearl High School Pearl, Mississippi 1 Oct 1997 2 0 1 0 19971001
Heath High School Paducah, Kentucky 1 Dec 1997 3 0 1 0 19971201
Westside Middle School Jonesboro, Arkansas 24 Mar 1998 5 0 2 0 19980324
Parker Middle School Edinboro, Pennsylvania 24 Apr 1998 1 0 1 0 19980424
Thurston High School Springfield,Oregon 20 May 1998 2 0 1 0 19980520
Columbine High School Littleton, Colorado 20 Apr 1999 15 0 2 0 19990420
Heritage High School Conyers, Georgia 21 May 1999 0 0 1 0 19990521
Fort Gibson Middle School Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 6 Dec 1999 0 1 0 0 19991206
Buell Elementary School Mount Morris Township, Michigan 1 Feb 2000 1 0 0 1 20000201
Lake Worth Middle School Lake Worth, Florida 26 May 2000 1 0 0 1 20000526
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas 28 Aug 2000 2 0 0 1 20000828
Santana High School Santee, California 5 Mar 2001 2 0 1 0 20010305
Granite Hills High School El Cajon, California 22 Mar 2001 0 0 0 1 20010322
Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Manhattan, New York 15 Jan 2002 0 0 0 1 20020115
Appalachian School of Law Grundy, Virginia 16 Jan 2002 3 0 0 1 20020116
John McDonogh High School New Orleans, Louisiana 14 Apr 2003 1 0 0 6 20030414
Red Lion Area Junior High School Red Lion, Pennsylvania 24 Apr 2003 2 1 0 0 20030424
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio 9 May 2003 1 1 0 0 20030509
Rocori High School Cold Spring, Minnesota 24 Sep 2003 2 0 1 0 20030924
Columbia High School East Greenbush, New York 9 Feb 2004 0 1 0 0 20040209
Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Park, New Jersey 4 Apr 2004 2 0 0 1 20040404
Red Lake Senior High School Red Lake, Minnesota 21 Mar 2005 8 1 0 0 20050321
Campbell County High School Jacksboro, Tennessee 8 Nov 2005 1 0 1 0 20051108
Pine Middle School Reno, Nevada 14 Mar 2006 0 0 1 0 20060314
Essex Elementary School Essex, Vermont 24 Aug 2006 2 0 0 1 20060824
Orange High School Hillsborough, North Carolina 30 Aug 2006 1 1 0 0 20060830
Platte Canyon High School Bailey, Colorado 27 Sep 2006 2 0 1 0 20060927
Weston High School Cazenovia, Wisconsin 29 Sep 2006 1 0 1 0 20060929
Amish school Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania 2 Oct 2006 6 0 1 0 20061002
Henry Foss High School Tacoma, Washington 3 Jan 2007 1 1 0 0 20070103
University of Washington Seattle, Washington 2 Apr 2007 2 0 1 0 20070402
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia 16 Apr 2007 33 1 0 0 20070414
Delaware State University Dover, Delaware 21 Sep 2007 1 0 0 1 20070921
SuccessTech Academy Cleveland, Ohio 10 Oct 2007 1 0 1 0 20071010
Louisiana Technical College Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8 Feb 2008 3 0 0 3 20080208
Mitchell High School Memphis, Tennessee 11 Feb 2008 0 0 0 1 20080211
E.O. Green School Oxnard, California 12 Feb 2008 1 0 1 0 20080212
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 14 Feb 2008 6 1 0 0 20080214
Davidson High School Mobile, Alabama 9 Mar 2008 1 0 0 1 20080309
Central High School Knoxville, Tennessee 21 Aug 2008 1 0 0 1 20080821
Henry Ford High School Detroit, Michigan 16 Oct 2008 1 0 0 3 20081016
University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas 27 Oct 2008 2 0 0 4 20081027
Dillard High School Fort Lauderdale, Florida 12 Nov 2008 1 0 0 1 20081112
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn, Michigan 10 Apr 2009 2 0 0 1 20090410
Hampton University Hampton, Virginia 26 Apr 2009 0 0 0 1 20090426
Larose-Cut Off Middle School Larose, Louisiana 18 May 2009 1 1 0 0 20090518
Skyline College San Bruno, California 2 Sep 2009 0 0 0 3 20090902
Deer Valley H.S. Antioch, California 16 Sep 2009 0 0 0 2 20090916

Here are a couple of other links to lists of school shootings:

Time Line of Worldwide School Shootings

Wikipedia School Shootings

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Frank W. Sweet is the author of Legal History of the Color Line (ISBN 9780939479238), an analysis of the nearly 300 appealed cases that determined Americans’ “racial” identity over the centuries. It is the most thorough study of the legal history of this topic yet published. He was accepted to Ph.D. candidacy in history with a minor in molecular anthropology at the University of Florida in 2003 and has completed all but his dissertation defense. He earned an M.A. in History from American Military University in 2001. He is also the author of several state park historical booklets and published historical essays. He was a member of the editorial board of the magazine Interracial Voice, and is a regular lecturer and panelist at historical and genealogical conferences. To send email, click here.


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