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Florida Has Had Eight School Shootings Since Newtown; Second-Most In Nation

Robert Nelson

Florida has had the second-highest number of school shootings among all states since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting two years ago. A study by a pro-gun-control group records nearly 100 shootings on campuses nationwide.

The report from the group Everytown For Our Safety counts any time a gun was discharged on a school campus, including assaults, murders and suicides.

Florida schools saw eight shootings since December of 2012, plus another shooting not included in the study because it was ruled self-defense. The most recent incident was last month at the Florida State University library.

Nationwide, just under half of the shootings were at college campuses, while just over half were at K-through-12 schools.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) has re-filed a bill that would allow concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses. 

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP