Now that Labor Day is behind us, school is in session just about everywhere. Which means the return of three-ring binders, after-school extracurriculars, and school shootings.
On Thursday, Alpine High School in western Texas was put on lockdown after at least one gunman opened fire, shooting one student before fleeing the scene. Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson told ABC News that one gunman was dead from an apparent self-inflicted wound. The story is still developing.
A few hundred miles away, students at Perry High School in Pittsburgh, PA were also placed on lockdown after four teenaged suspects got into a heated argument that escalated into a shootout outside of a nearby corner store. One student was shot and ran into the school building for protection, and all four suspects were Perry students as well.
It’s been just weeks—or in some cases, days—since the school year began, and already students are living under constant threat of gun violence. Last week, a student was shot in the head after a gunfight erupted during a high school football game in Oklahoma, and in August, a shooter at a community college in Mississippi sent one student to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg. In 2015, there were at least 64 incidents involving a gun on school grounds, according to research by Everytown for Gun Safety.
In Texas, the problem could get even worse now that the state legislature has passed and implemented new laws that allow gun owners to openly carry their weapons in public, and permits concealed handguns on the state’s public universities. Campus carry went into effect on August 1, the 50-year anniversary of the University of Texas-Austin clocktower shooting that killed 17 people and injured 31 others.
Carimah Townes contributed to this story.