There have been 186 shootings on school campuses in the U.S. since 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, according to Everytown For Gun Safety, an advocacy group.
On Monday, the latest school shooting occurred when a man walked into a San Bernardino special-education class and killed his wife, a student and himself.
The Times has created a graphic that displays where each of these incidents occurred. Explore the graphic here.
North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino was closed on Tuesday, the day after a man walked into a special education classroom and killed his wife, an 8-year-old student and then himself.
In the aftermath of the attack, children in that classroom and school and in surrounding schools — as well as their parents and teachers — will have to cope with what they experienced.
Counselors will be available for North Park students, parents and staff Tuesday and Wednesday at Del Vallejo Middle School, said Maria Garcia, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
A teacher and an 8-year-old boy were shot and killed Monday morning at an elementary school in San Bernardino after the teacher’s husband opened fire inside a special needs classroom before turning the gun on himself, police said.
Cedric Anderson, 53, of Riverside entered a classroom at North Park Elementary School and opened fire on his wife, Karen Elaine Smith, about 10:30 a.m. before taking his own life, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.
Two students standing behind Smith were also shot, police said. The boy, identified as Jonathan Martinez, was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. A 9-year-old student who was wounded remains hospitalized in stable condition, Burguan said.
At North Park Elementary, students could be seen gathered on a field at a corner of the campus near Northpark Boulevard and H Street around 11:40 a.m., accompanied by teachers and guarded by law enforcement officers carrying long guns.
Some parents at the scene said there was confusion over where to collect their children as information circulated that they should be picked up at either Cajon High School or Cal State San Bernardino.
Charter schools are proliferating where they aren’t needed while state funding continues to support even those charters that violate state law, according to a report released Monday by a research and advocacy group.
The new research by an Oakland group called In The Public Interest looks at where charter schools are increasing in number and where schools are needed based on enrollment. The two trend lines do not correspond, researchers found — especially in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where the number of school-age children has declined even as the number of charters has exploded.
On April 19, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a long pending religious-rights challenge to state bans on the funding of church schools. About three-fourths of states have constitutions that prohibit spending taxpayer money “directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion,” as Missouri’s Constitution puts it.
Advocates of “school choice” say these laws stand in the way of public funding for religious schools. In January 2016, shortly before Justice Antonin Scalia died, the court voted to hear a Missouri case that challenged these funding bans as reflecting unconstitutional discrimination against religion.
Administrators expressed disappointment and threatened discipline in the wake of a demonstration that disrupted a planned public event last week featuring conservative commentator and author Heather MacDonald at Claremont McKenna College.
The campus demonstration was among the latest nationwide to impede the appearance of a conservative speaker.