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.

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 have been analyzed, filtered, deconflicted, and cross-referenced. All of the information is based on open-source information and 3rd party reporting.

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Research Team

David Riedman
David 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
Desmond 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
Eva 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.

About CHDS

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.

Mission Statement

“To strengthen the national security of the United States by providing graduate level educational programs and services that meet the immediate and long-term leadership needs of organizations responsible for homeland defense and security.”