Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, there have been 17 non-accidental incidents involving guns on school campuses in Florida. Several of those incidents resulted in deaths. South Florida News Service followed up on five of the incidents to learn how each school and community is now doing and what’s been done to prevent future shootings.
Dreyfoos School of the Arts – June 20, 2013: Javier Burgos shot and killed two fellow custodians on school campus. We spoke with a school representative about current and past preventative efforts since the shooting and summarized how Burgos was brought to justice. [READ MORE]
Agape Christian Academy – Oct. 3, 2013: A school shooting resulted in two wounded. The shooter, who did not attend the school, shot a 16-year-old football player in the hip and a 17-year-old boy, who also did not attend Agape. We spoke with a representative from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office about preventative measures. [READ MORE]
Florida State University – Nov. 20, 2014: Thirty-one-year-old attorney and Florida State University graduate Myron Deshawn May began firing a .380 semi-automatic handgun and shot three people, including two students, at 12:25 a.m. at FSU’s Strozier Library. At least 300 students were present. We spoke with an FSU representative about what changes have occurred since the incident. [READ MORE]
University of South Florida – Oct. 11, 2015: USF football player Benjamin Knox was arrested for firing a gun on campus. While no students or faculty were injured when the gun went off, Knox was immediately suspended from the team and later stopped attending USF. We spoke with school and police officials about what measures have been implemented to prevent future incidents. [READ MORE]
Lecanto High School – Nov. 10, 2015: An unidentified 15-year-old boy shot himself in the head in front of more than 20 classmates during the second block of classes. We spoke with representatives from the Citrus County School District and Sheriff’s Office about what has since been done to curb gun violence. [READ MORE]