A Safe School study was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service. The study revealed that the earliest recorded incident was 1974. The study identified several incident and victim characteristics:

Incident Characteristics:

  • More than 1/2 the attacks occurred during the schools day
  • Most of the attacks were carried out by currently enrolled students
  • All of the incidents of targeted school violence were conducted by boys or young men
  • In mopst of the attacks the perpetrator acted alone
  • Target & Victim Characteristics:
  • In most of the attacks the attacker selected an administrator, faculty, or staff member
  • In most of the attacks the attackers chose more than one target prior to their attack
  • In most of the attacks the targeted victim were harmed or killed
  • Identifiable Attacker Characteristics:
  • Most attackers were white between the ages of 13 and 18
  • Nearly 2/3 of the attackers had never been in trouble or rarely in trouble before the attack
  • Almost 3/4 of the attackers felt persecuted, bullied, threatened, or injured by others prior to the attack
  • Most attackers showed some history of suicidal attempts or thoughts of extreme depression