Timeline of School Terrorism Incidents

Timeline of School Terrorism Incidents

The following is a listing of the incidents of terrorism involving schools or students that we have found evidence of from around the world. Incidents from prolonged and severe conflicts (such as the civil war in Turkey with over 300 school attacks or the current operation in Iraq) are left out, since these would heavily skew the list. To the author’s knowledge, this is the most comprehensive listing of incidents available.

Despite the thorough research of the authors, there are certain to be incidents that are not included in this list, and more incidents are occurring around the world as time goes on. If you are aware of an incident that is not included in this list, please contact us by e-mail or using our contact form here.

Observations from the Research

In our research we found that incidents of school terrorism follow the trend set by terrorism in general – roughly 40% of attacks focus on transportation systems as targets. As evidenced by the attacks on September 11th, 2001 in the United States, March 11th 2004 in Madrid, Spain, and July 7th 2005 in London, England, public transportation is a favored target for terrorists. While transportation systems do not make up a majority of attacks, they do account for a large portion of them, and thusly we should be prepared for such attacks on our school transportation systems in the United States. The School Transporation News website security page has a large collection of information involving school buses and terrorism.

The Timeline

Our updated timeline of school terrorism incidents is now located at the following page along with more detailed information on school terrorism and what can be done to prepare for it.

Updated school terrorism timeline at the
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