Shooting Outside of Chapel Hill North Carolina Elementary School Demonstrates how Violent Crime can Impact Elementary Schools

Police in Chapel Hill North Carolina reported that a man shot a woman outside of Mary Scroggs Elementary school today. Police Chief Chris Blue told reporters that a man had been taken into custody for the shooting which occurred late today.

Chief Blue stated that no students or employees were injured in the shooting. Police instructed the school to lock down after the shooting.

This incident demonstrates how acts of violence can and sometimes do occur in elementary schools. There have been a number of shootings at elementary schools in the United States and in other countries and the two most lethal attacks at American schools to date have taken place in elementary schools with 95 students and staff killed by fire in a Chicago Catholic school and more than forty people being murdered by a mentally ill school board member at the Bath consolidated school in Bath, Michigan in 1927.

About Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, a non-profit school safety center. The author of 27 books on school safety, Michael’s campus safety work has taken him to 11 countries over the past 34 years.