It seems as if schools have become targets for the most vilest of crimes. Some depraved human beings have taken it upon themselves to make otherwise safe zones into locations of horror, terror, and unimaginable loss. What makes this even more disturbing is the fact that the frequency of school massacres has been consistently on the rise. Harvard researchers found that the rate of this appalling act had actually tripled over the past years. Between 1982 and 2011, mass shootings occurred about every 200 days in the US but after September 2011, the rate of these incidents increased to about once every 64 days. It’s a horrific trend that we are hoping ends soon. These are the 25 Deadliest School Massacres In Human History.
Nanping School Massacre, China (death toll: 8)
The first of the 2010 Chinese School Attacks, The Nanping School Massacre occurred at Nanping City Experimental Elementary School in the city of Nanping, China, on March 23rd 2010. Zheng Minsheng, who had previously worked as a community doctor, used a knife to kill 8 children and seriously wound 5 others. Minsheng was sentenced to death and executed by shooting.
Mercaz HaRav Massacre, Israel (death toll: 8)
The Mercaz HaRav Massacre was a mass shooting attack that occurred on March 6th 2008 at the Mercaz HaRavyeshiva, a religious school in Jerusalem, Israel. A lone Palestinian gunman shot 8 students and injured 11 more during the attack. The perpetrator was later shot by one of the students and an off-duty Israel defense forces captain who fought back using their personal guns.
Osaka School Massacre, Japan (death toll: 8)
The Osaka School Massacre took place on June 8th 2001 at Ikeda Elementary School in the Osaka Prefecture, Japan. In the attack, a 37-year-old former janitor Mamoru Takuma armed with a kitchen knife killed 8 children and seriously wounded 13 other children and 2 teachers. Later diagnosed with numerous mental disorders, Takuma was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging.
Ruzhou School Massacre, China (death toll: 9)
The Ruzhou School Massacre occurred at the Number Two High School in Ruzhou, China on November 26th 2004. On that day, Yan Yanming entered the school´s dormitory and stabbed 12 boys, killing 9 of them. Yanming was arrested hours later after he failed to commit suicide because his mother had reported his location to the Ruzhou police. Yanming was sentenced to death and executed.
Red Lake Shootings, USA (death toll: 9)
The Red Lake Shootings occurred in two places in Red Lake, Minnesota on March 21st 2005. That morning, 16-year-old Jeffrey Weise killed his grandfather (local police officer) and his grandfather’s girlfriend at their home. After taking his grandfather’s police weapons, he drove to Red Lake Senior High School, where he shot and killed 7 people and wounded 5 others. After the police arrived, Weise exchanged gunfire with them. He was wounded and then committed suicide in a vacant classroom.