The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, capped off a record year of school shootings in the United States. In 2012, there were 10 school shootings that left a total of 41 people dead and 13 wounded. Though the Newtown shooting was the deadliest one of the year, also tragic was that three of these shootings were suicides carried out on school grounds, one of them in front of a group of 9th-grade students.
But as terrible as 2012 was, 2013 has been even more deadly. In the month of January alone, a mind-staggering eight, yes, eight school shootings took place.