Mariah Boulard


There’s something especially fragile and disturbing about school shootings. Schools used to be seen as safe havens of learning and growth, but that ideology is changing with every additional shooting. The lack of confidence in school safety is a strong motivator for researchers to investigate school shootings and their underlying causes. Media outlets guess that such events are related to gun control laws, mental health, and bullying. But, what if media coverage itself shares a partial blame? This paper lays the foundation for such a study through descriptive and spatial analysis of United States school shootings while discussing the complications of studying this data in relation to media coverage.