About the Project
The K-12 School Shooting Database research project is a widely inclusive database that documents each and every instance a gun is brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason, regardless of the number of victims, time, day of the week (e.g., planned attack, accidental, domestic violence, gang-related). The database is available for download as a csv file. The School Shooting Database Project is conducted as part of the Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security (HSx) program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS).
The database compiles information from more than 25 different sources including peer-reviewed studies, government reports, mainstream media, non-profits, private websites, blogs, and crowd-sourced lists that have been analyzed, filtered, deconflicted, and cross-referenced. All of the information is based on open-source information and 3rd party reporting.
David Riedman holds a Masters in Homeland Defense and Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, is one of the co-founders of the Homeland Security Advanced Thinking Program (HSx), and teaches graduate courses in homeland security policy and critical infrastructure protection.
Desmond O’Neill holds a Masters in Forensic Psychology, a Masters in Homeland Defense and Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a co-founding member of Homeland Security Advanced Thinking Program (HSx).
Additional Research Contributors
Eva Jernegan is a researcher at the Arlington County (VA) High Threat Response Program. She holds a Masters in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University, served previously as an Investigative Assistant for Arlington County Police Department, and holds two certifications in Advanced Threat Assessment.
James “Jim” Metzger earned a Masters in Homeland Defense and Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, masters certificates from Villanova University and Michigan State University, is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
The research team can provide a law enforcement agency a spreadsheet of all recorded incidents within their jurisdiction. To validate the information:
- Verify the details of the case provided and make corrections if necessary.
- Send a copy of the police report (mail paper copy or email digital copies).
- Provide information about other school shootings in the jurisdiction that are not referenced in the request.
- Case files provided to the research team will be stored securely and will not be shared or released to the public.
Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security (HSx) is an 18-month collaborative program from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. It is designed to build our knowledge and create new paradigms for the future security challenges facing the nation and our global community. This program is not intended to forecast or predict one or more futures for which its participants will learn to operate in; they will be taught, discover and create skills and abilities to lead and thrive in an environment that is unknown, complex, chaotic, and evolving exponentially.
About the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School
The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) is located at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Since 2003, CHDS has conducted a wide range of programs focused on assisting current and emerging leaders in Homeland Defense and Security to develop the policies, strategies, programs and organizational elements needed to defeat terrorism and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and public safety threats across the United States. The programs are developed in partnership with and are sponsored by the National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA.
All CHDS programs are focused on leadership development to transform how public safety officials view an increasingly complex world and homeland security mission. Through graduate- and executive-level coursework, seminars, and research, homeland security leaders gain the analytic and critical thinking skills and substantive expertise they need to create innovative solutions that address the threats facing the nation and local communities. The programs also prepare leaders to bridge gaps in intergovernmental, interagency and civil-military cooperation by bringing together a diverse range of participants to share perspectives and lay the foundation for long-term homeland security collaboration.