Calls Out US Department of Education

On a August 27th broadcast National Public Radio announced its finding that the US Department of Education’s most recent mass shooting figures at US public schools appear to be grossly inflated. This is especially significant since there are public misconceptions toward such events that stem in part from dubious statistics. These numbers are then often taken by gun control advocacy groups to mislead and frighten the public on the scope of the problem.

NPR reports:

How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school?

We should know. But we don’t.

This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The number is far higher than most other estimates.

But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government’s Civil Rights Data Collection.

We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports.

In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn’t confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn’t meet the government’s parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn’t respond to our inquiries.

“When we’re talking about such an important and rare event, [this] amount of data error could be very meaningful,” says Deborah Temkin, a researcher and program director at Child Trends.

The remainder of the story is available here.

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6 thought on “National Public Radio Questions Mass Shooting Statistics”
  1. Belief that there are regular school shootings is a religion to some people. I have previously noted in this forum a near violent reaction to my assertion that Sandy Hook was staged from a man on a ski lift. Here’s what he said “You Conspiracy Fuck!… I bet you don’t have kids, you Conspiracy Fuck”… I really expected a fist fight at the top of Steamboat Ski Area. Man he was pissed. But he just skied away. There’s our problem in a nut shell. You can’t even have a conversation with a large portion of the population. The brain washing on conspiracies being automatically rejected as non-sense has worked so well, here’s another example. A friend at work has a knee jerk reaction to anything I bring up he hasn’t heard about… “Is this another conspiracy theory? ” …. Eustace Mullins put it perfectly in one of his many great lectures… “I don’t need to invent any conspiracies, there are so many real ones”. Here’s one from Conspiracy Con 2002

    1. The Smith Who Act ??? Is the response that I get when I’ve mentioned it to folks. Hence the alphabet agencies do so well in the good ole US of A.
      Thanks Dave for a good point.

  2. These are excellent comments by Peace Frog and Dave Kraft above. Anyone who has openly criticized the Sandy Hook Hoax Shooting event December 14, 2012, has been subject to the same vilification anonymously or otherwise. One of the most serious instances, in my opinion, was the one where two police officers were reported to have arrived at the home of
    Wolfgang Halbig in Florida, and threatened him if he didn’t stop making rude freedom of information requests in Newtown, CT about the Sandy Hook Scam. Why were not these two officers arrested and charged by a member of the U.
    S. so called “Justice” Department for obstructing the Constitutional rights of United States Citizen Wolfgang Halbig who is a former School Administrator with many years of experience in this field? Evidently nothing happened to them did it? Shouldn’t they have been arrested, charged, tried in a court of law, a federal court since this is a federal crime, and if convicted, jailed? Who do these police think they are? Have they read the U.S. Constitution? Haven’t they taken an oath to comply with it? What is going on here? Wolfgang and his lawyer were engaged in the most basic rights and duties of any citizen, to question the actions of a local governmental body in another State and demand answers to rude questions. All they received was obstruction from that body, their lawyer and these two police officers in Florida according to the reports. Obviously something is very very wrong in America today.
    One could also ask why these police officers and their employer are not liable for millions of dollars in civil fines for violating the Constitutional Rights and privacy of Wolfgang Halbig and his family? According to a recent search, there are about 1.3 million lawyers in this country today. How come none of them are offering aid to Wolfgang Halbig and his family? Isn’t something very very wrong in the so called “profession” of “law” in America today? Lawyers have a well deserved bad reputation going back centuries in history. Even the mythical society of Utopia banned lawyers because they “disguise” matters. Could the “profession” of law in reality be the “OLDEST” profession of all not the usual group attributed with this distinction? How long did it take a few lawyers to jump to the aid of Alex Jones to help him out of his jam? Not long.
    Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

  3. One response to all these fake or non-existent school shootings is the monitoring of students’ social media posts 24/7, as revealed in a New York Times article today.

    This started in a big way right after the Sandy Hook fake shooting. A lot of money is to be made here:

    “If it helps save one life, it’s worth every dollar spent on it,” said Chris Frydrych, the chief executive of Geo Listening, a California company whose website says, “Don’t miss out on the opportunity to listen.”

    1. If anyone watched cablenews today, Kasich was out prescribing ‘mental health’ awareness and even internment as the cure for our national predicament. He encouraged americans to monitor their neighbors as an expression of kindness and patriotism.

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