Memphis mentioned in controversial school shooting map

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis school is listed on a map that purports to list school shootings that have happened since the Sandy Hook school shooting in late 2012.

The pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety put the map together, saying it represents 74 school shootings.

In reality, the map lists any incident where a gun was fired on school property, whether anyone was shot or not.

The information did not come from police, but rather from media reports.

Of the 74 incidents documented, 35 took place on college campuses and 39 at K-12 schools.

That number includes a student who took his life at one school, and a gun that went off late at night during a dice game at another school.

It also includes a shooting over a gambling bet on the Tennessee State University campus earlier this year.

Included is an incident which happened August 22, 2013, at Westside Elementary School in Memphis.

In that case, a 5-year-old boy brought a gun to school to show off and it accidentally fired while in his backpack.

No one was injured.

Shelby County School Board Chair Kevin Woods said he was not surprised by the report, but feels it may be misleading.

“Unfortunately, that was one day where a student brought a gun into school, and an accident did occur,” he said of the August incident. “Because of that, we’re on that report.”

Everytown is pushing for stricter gun ownership laws.

In an analysis of incidents where a gun was fired on school property, three-quarters of the guns were brought from home and most were legally purchased.

The gun homicide rate has declined almost 50 percent since 1993, according to studies.

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