Top 10 Worst School Shootings

School shootings represent a uniquely horrifying occurrence, as these places of education and growth become the backdrop for acts of violence and terror. These devastating events have sparked a myriad of conversations, debates, and movements worldwide, bringing the global community's attention to the serious issues around gun control, mental health, and school safety.

So what makes a school shooting rank among the "worst"? Is it the number of victims, the sheer shock value, or perhaps the ripple effect that it creates in society? That's a challenging question and one that tends to induce uncomfortable discussions, but these conversations are absolutely necessary. The purpose of this list is not to sensationalize the tragedy, but to encourage discourse, awareness, and changes to prevent similar events from happening in the future.
The Top Ten
1 Columbine High School Massacre The Columbine High School Massacre took place on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado, United States. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, two senior students, embarked on a killing spree that resulted in the deaths of 12 students and one teacher. The pair also injured 21 others before committing suicide, marking this as one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

This was a rough part for the end of the 90s and changed education laws in America. I couldn't even decide whether this or Sandy Hook should be number 1 because one had little children and the iconic one was the "9/11 of shootings". The perpetrators were named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

Schools near Columbine had to be closed early because teachers were afraid that they might come here even though they both committed suicide. They did the shooting and killed themselves because they were bullied. But the ridiculous thing was that they shot many innocent random people. They weren't making movies or doing pranks as other students thought on what they are doing.

They were also racists, because one of them called an African-American the n-word and made fun of him until they shot him. And when they asked a girl if she believes in God, then he SHOT HER because she said yes?! What are these people?! If this never happened, the world would be better and many school shootings would have never happened.

2 Virginia Tech Massacre On April 16, 2007, a tragic event known as the Virginia Tech Massacre occurred at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, Virginia. A senior at the school, Seung-Hui Cho, unleashed a horrific attack, killing 32 people and wounding 17 others in two separate incidents. Cho then ended his life, leaving behind a tragedy recognized as one of the most deadly shootings by a single gunman in U.S. history.

This was a shocker on the news for me, and I was only 11 at the time. My mom and grandmother stared at the news report about this. Everyone at the restaurant we were at stared at the TV, saddened and devastated about this. This was another tragedy for America.

This one killed more people than Columbine but wasn't as well-known as that one. So this would take the #2 spot.

In terms of death count, this is the worst.

3 Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting unfolded on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old, shot and killed his mother at their home, then proceeded to the school where he murdered 20 children between six and seven years old, along with six adult staff members. Lanza committed suicide at the scene before law enforcement arrived.

This should be number 1 because the victims were innocent little children who are 1st/2nd graders. They were also getting prepared for Christmas. Spending family time, snacking on treats, opening presents and watching Christmas movies, but NOPE. They instead got their lives taken by a perverted idiot named Adam Lanza for no reason, who also shot his mother. It's very sad because they were too young to die and never got to start their own lives and do new things we do when we get older. May the children come to Jesus Christ in Heaven while Lanza is burning in Hell for eternity.

I feel extremely bad for the kids; they were getting prepared for Christmas. Instead they get their life taken away from a mentally unstable person who killed his mom. Everything bad happens at Christmas.

I can't believe that there are some people out there who have the nerve to call this fake and say it was staged by the government. They probably think it's too unbelievable to be real.

4 Dunblane Massacre On March 13, 1996, a terrible tragedy known as the Dunblane Massacre unfolded at Dunblane Primary School near Stirling, Scotland. Thomas Hamilton, a 43-year-old former Scout leader, shot and killed 16 children and a teacher before turning the gun on himself. The incident, which lasted only a few minutes, resulted in the UK's deadliest mass shooting and led to significant changes in the country's gun laws.
5 University of Texas Massacre The University of Texas Massacre, often referred to as the Texas Tower Shooting, took place on August 1, 1966, at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Engineering student Charles Whitman climbed the university's clock tower armed with multiple firearms and began shooting at individuals on the campus below. He killed 14 people and wounded 31 others before he was shot and killed by police. This event is one of the earliest mass school shootings in U.S. history.
6 Beslan School Seige The Beslan School Siege was a horrific three-day hostage crisis that started on September 1, 2004, at School No. 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia. A group of armed Chechen rebels took approximately 1,100 people (including 777 children) hostage. The ordeal ended with the death of at least 334 hostages, including 186 children, due to a chaotic and violent storming of the school building by Russian security forces. This remains one of the deadliest acts of terror in Russia's history.

Why is this not number one? For one it isn't just a one-hour shooting. It lasted three damn days and literally over 200 people were killed. And not to mention bombs were used. This makes what happened in Orlando look like a Nerf Gun fight.

Most of the other ones here only lasted about 20 minutes and only have 5-20 people killed. However, this one lasted three DAYS. Hundreds of people got killed and countless got injured. It was so horrifying that even the Russian president cried.

This makes the Las Vegas shooting look like a squirt gun fight.

7 Erfurt Massacre The Erfurt Massacre took place on April 26, 2002, at the Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany. A former student, 19-year-old Robert Steinhäuser, armed with a semi-automatic pistol, fatally shot 12 teachers, two students, a secretary, and a police officer before committing suicide.
8 Winnenden School Shooting The Winnenden School Shooting occurred on March 11, 2009, at the Albertville-Realschule in Winnenden, Germany. A 17-year-old former student, Tim Kretschmer, initiated the attack, killing nine students and three teachers at the school. He fled the scene and killed three more people before taking his own life.
9 École Polytechnique Massacre The École Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre, occurred on December 6, 1989, at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Marc Lépine, armed with a rifle and a hunting knife, shot and killed 14 women and injured 10 others along with four men before taking his own life. Lépine's suicide note revealed a hatred of feminists, and the event led to a national discussion on Canadian gun control laws and violence against women.

It was horrible that a man with such hatred towards women would kill innocent people. But, sadder still is, the event has since been used to demonize men everywhere, every December 6. (I'm a woman, by the way.)

10 Parkland High School Florida Shootings The Parkland High School Florida Shootings occurred on February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A former student, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, killing 17 students and staff members, and injuring 17 more. This mass shooting led to nationwide protests and the creation of the student-led gun control advocacy group "March For Our Lives".

ANOTHER stupid Valentine's Day massacre? Al Capone (aka Scarface) must be doing somersaults in his grave over this crazy fiasco!

Okay here's something. A YouTube account of Nikolas Cruz said "one day I'll become a professional school shooter." Or something like that.

This is terrible to mention, but this is truly a Valentine's Day massacre gone horribly wrong.

The Contenders
11 Kauhajoki School Shooting The Kauhajoki School Shooting took place on September 23, 2008, at the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences in Kauhajoki, Finland. Matti Juhani Saari, a 22-year-old student at the school, began the rampage by firing shots in a classroom, killing 10 people and injuring one before taking his own life. The massacre led to a significant revision of gun control laws in Finland.

Most known for the YouTube video the perpetrator uploaded before he shooting. There's footage of the video, but the actual video was deleted by YouTube.

12 Rio de Janeiro School Shooting The Rio de Janeiro School Shooting occurred on April 7, 2011, at the Tasso da Silveira Municipal School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, a 23-year-old former student, opened fire inside the school, killing 12 children and injuring 12 more before shooting himself. The attack, one of the worst in Brazilian history, shocked the nation and led to increased calls for better school security measures.

11 innocent kids were killed by an ex-student of that school. This massacre should be number one because he killed INNOCENT KIDS, that had nothing to do with their problems of past (he was a bullying victim when studying at that school). Unfortunately these kids died but then, thankfully, the assassin died before killing other kids.

So I guess Brazil also has lax gun laws just like good ol' Eagleland.

13 Azerbaijan State Oil Academy Shooting The Azerbaijan State Oil Academy Shooting occurred on April 30, 2009, at the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan. An armed assailant, later identified as Farda Gadirov, opened fire at the academy, killing 12 people and injuring 13 before committing suicide.
14 Santa Fe Texas Shooting The Santa Fe Texas Shooting took place on May 18, 2018, at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. A 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, began shooting with a shotgun and a revolver, killing 10 people and wounding 13 others. Pagourtzis was apprehended and charged with multiple counts of capital murder and aggravated assault.

I remember hearing this and it was crazy.

I just saw that news before.

15 Jeremy Wade Delle The case of Jeremy Wade Delle occurred on January 8, 1991, at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. In an extreme act of despair, Delle, a 16-year-old student, shot himself in front of his classmates. The tragic incident was later referenced in the song "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam, sparking further discussions about mental health and bullying in schools.

A kid who shoots himself in front of his class is no joke.

16 Discovery Middle School Shooting The Discovery Middle School Shooting took place on February 5, 2010, at Discovery Middle School in Madison, Alabama. A 14-year-old student, Hammad Memon, shot and killed fellow student Todd Brown during a class change. Memon was charged with murder and later pleaded guilty.

Although there was only one death, the Discovery Middle School Shooting in Alabama was very traumatic. Todd Brown was fourteen years old when he was shot to death by Hammad Memon in 2010. I currently attend DMS, and I know that in some ways, the students and staff have never recovered.

Todd Brown was a beautiful and amazing boy and a close friend of mine. I cannot stress enough how much he meant to me, to us, to Mrs. Brown, and the whole state of Alabama. May you find peace in the hands of the Lord, Todd, thank you for being my friend.

This was absolutely horrible...

17 Colegio Americano del Noroeste Massacre The Colegio Americano del Noroeste Massacre happened on January 18, 2017, at the American School of the Northeast in Monterrey, Mexico. A 15-year-old student, Federico Guevara Elizondo, opened fire in a classroom, injuring three students and a teacher before taking his own life. The incident, which was one of the few school shootings in Mexico, prompted a nationwide discussion about school security and youth mental health.
18 Isla Vista Massacre The Isla Vista Massacre, which took place on May 23, 2014, was a spree killing that began in the student community of Isla Vista, near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old former Santa Barbara City College student, killed six people and injured fourteen others before taking his own life. Rodger had emailed a lengthy autobiographical manuscript detailing his plans to his family and others before the attack, leading to widespread discussions about mental health support and gun control.
19 Thurston High School (Springfield, Oregon) Rampage The Thurston High School Rampage occurred on May 21, 1998, in Springfield, Oregon. Kip Kinkel, a 15-year-old student, opened fire in the school's cafeteria, killing two students and injuring 25 others. This followed Kinkel's murder of his parents at home the previous day. He was apprehended at the scene and later sentenced to nearly 112 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

The fact that he killed his parents before he shot children is just wrong. And the fact they had signs of odd behavior and they could have done something about it but didn't is also wrong. It left the community in shock and in devastation, and it still is.

Kip Kinkel decided to kill his parents before going to school. Then went on a rampage gunning down everybody in sight at the school.

20 SuccessTech Academy Shooting The SuccessTech Academy shooting took place on October 10, 2007, at SuccessTech Academy, an alternative high school in Cleveland, Ohio. Asif Ahmed, a 14-year-old student, opened fire in the school, injuring two students and two teachers before taking his own life.
21 Bath School Massacre The Bath School Massacre occurred on May 18, 1927, in Bath Township, Michigan, and remains one of the deadliest school mass murders in U.S. history. The incident was perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe, a 55-year-old school board treasurer, who detonated explosives he had planted in the Bath Consolidated School, killing 38 elementary school children and six adults, and injuring at least 58 other people. Kehoe killed himself in a subsequent car explosion. The tragedy has been cited as a classic example of mass murder-suicide and triggered discussions on school safety, mental health, and public awareness of potential threats.
22 Busto Arsizio Pizzeria and School Shooting The Busto Arsizio Pizzeria and School Shooting took place on September 27, 2010, in Busto Arsizio, a town in Lombardy, Italy. The shooter, 34-year-old Renzo Lupano, opened fire in a pizzeria before moving to a nearby vocational school, where he continued his rampage. Lupano killed four people and injured several others before killing himself.

On July 3, 1956, 30-year-old baking assistant Giuseppe Molinari went on a two-hour rampage in Busto Arsizio, Italy. He killed 6 in the pizzeria and 20 in the school before turning the gun on himself (27 dead, including perpetrator). He used a very high power submachine gun.

23 Robb Elementary School Shooting, Uvalde, TX The Robb Elementary School shooting took place on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. An 18-year-old former student of the school, Salvador Ramos, fatally shot 19 students and two teachers, and injured 17 others. Earlier that day, Ramos had shot and severely wounded his grandmother at their home before driving to the school. He fired shots for approximately five minutes outside the school before entering unobstructed with an AR-15 style rifle through an unlocked side entrance door. Ramos then shut himself inside two adjoining classrooms, where he carried out the killings. He remained in the school for more than an hour before members of the United States Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) fatally shot him, bypassing numerous local and state officers who had been in the school's hallways for over an hour.

This was an absolutely horrible event. 19 children and two staff members in the school were murdered. RIP to all of the children and the two staff members. My prayers go out to their families.

24 Westside Middle School Massacre The Westside Middle School Massacre took place on March 24, 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The shooters, 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson and 11-year-old Andrew Golden, pulled the fire alarm during school hours and began shooting at people as they exited the building. The pair killed four students and a teacher while injuring ten others. Both shooters were apprehended and sentenced to confinement until they turned 21, as they were too young to be tried as adults. The incident provoked a nationwide debate on school safety, gun control, and the handling of juvenile offenders.

Only 5 deaths. Not as bad as Columbine but still, there were two perpetrators in this one too.

25 Santana High School Shooting The Santana High School shooting occurred on March 5, 2001, in Santee, California. Charles Andrew Williams, a 15-year-old student, opened fire with a .22 caliber revolver, killing two fellow students and injuring thirteen others. Williams was apprehended on the scene by law enforcement and was later sentenced to life in prison. The tragic incident led to increased efforts in addressing bullying and implementing preventive measures in schools.
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