SOURCE: Washington CeaseFire

Washington CeaseFire

April 20, 2009 07:00 ET

Washington CeaseFire Launches Website to Document School Shootings Nationwide

SchoolShooting.org Developed in Commemoration of Columbine High School Tragedy

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Washington CeaseFire (WCF), the Washington State organization dedicated to reducing gun violence, today announced the launch of a new online tool to document the growing national epidemic of firearm use in schools and universities. The new site -- www.schoolshooting.org -- was unveiled today in Seattle in conjunction with an outdoor candlelight event to honor the victims of the Columbine High School tragedy. Ten years ago today at Columbine, 38 students and teachers fell victim to gun violence, with the deaths of fourteen students and one teacher. The rate of school shootings has increased since Columbine, with nearly 40 incidents of firearm violence registered, including the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007.

The SchoolShooting.org site, which includes reports starting in 1992, features maps and details of more than 500 incidents representing nearly every state in the country. Visitors to the site may access information according to a particular school or geography. Recent shooting incidents are highlighted and many of the incidents include links to external news stories reported at the time. Visitors to the site may add their comments and report additional incidents.

Washington CeaseFire, which developed SchoolShooting.org for national use, will ensure that contributed data is independently verified in order to fulfill the goal of educating students and their communities about the dangers of firearms. Organizations throughout the country that advocate safer gun use are encouraged to provide links to the new tool from their member websites.

"These tragedies can be seen as isolated, unique events, when in fact they occur far too regularly. Our nation faces an epidemic of firearm violence that's most tragically reflected in the number of school shootings," said WCF President Ralph Fascitelli. "We must work even harder to prevent access to firearms in order to limit unsupervised access to guns by school students."

Washington CeaseFire, established in 1983 and with more than 6,000 members, is Washington State's leading advocate for safer use and storage of firearms. CeaseFire conducts research to provide members and the community with comprehensive statistics, education and community outreach programs to raise awareness of the inherent dangers and social problems associated with easy access to firearms. More information can be found at www.washingtonceasefire.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Kristen Comer
    Washington CeaseFire
    206.322.1236