WhitePages CEO spreads awareness about school shootings with online database

A map of all the schools shootings in the U.S. since 1992.

Thanks to heavy media coverage, most people are familiar with mass school shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and now, Newtown.

But there are many other tragic stories that often go unheard. To remedy this, WhitePages CEO Alex Algard created StopTheShootings.org in 2009.

In light of the recent Newtown tragedy, Algard re-launched the website to spread awareness about U.S. school shootings that have taken place since 1992. Previously, there was no authoritative information resource on the incidents and StopTheShootings hopes to fill that void as a useful resource to the public.

“The goal is to spread awareness about not just the incidents that attract national attention, but also the many more school shootings that take place with a constant regularity throughout the country,” Algard said.

Algard, who was recently on our podcast to talk about WhitePages, became involved with gun violence advocacy after the Virginia Tech shooting.

Alex Algard

“As a parent, I felt compelled to do something,” he says.

Algard joined the board of Washington Ceasefire, and then launched StopTheShootings. The website keeps track of all the school shootings in the U.S. — 386 since 1992 — and organizes them by state and the ages of victims and shooters.

In the state of Washington, there have been 18 school shootings since 1992. 58 percent of school shooting victims were 20 years old or younger and 77 percent of shooters were 20 or younger.

The foundational database was contributed by the National School Safety Center. There is actually little data available on school shooting incidents, partly due to the Centers for Disease Control being prevented from conducting research that would “advocate or promote gun control.”

The goal of StopTheShootings is to encourage action to keep firearms out of the hands of children and students.

“We are not opposed to the right of Americans to buy firearms, as long as reasonable steps are taken to keep the firearms out of the hands of children and those with backgrounds that would indicate a threat to society,” reads the website FAQ.

  • Guest

    Thank you to Alex and to WhitePages for helping to stop this violence.

  • http://blog.calbucci.com/ Marcelo Calbucci

    This is fantastic Alex. Being transparent, getting the facts and pragmatic is the best way to address this issue without making it into a political dispute. As a father I really appreciate your efforts.

  • Greg

    A great cause you are leading – congrats and continued luck with pushing this across the country.

  • Amal Graafstra

    Spread awareness? Being aware of even one school shooting is enough to move most people. The map is pointless as a tool in the face of discussions like gun control. Show me a map of all 187 MDKs across the globe and categorize them by weapon(s) used and death rates and then we’ll be able to throw some science behind debates about gun control. Until we have data relevant enough to make informed debate, just showing limited data sets simply for awareness’ sake is pointless in my opinion. – case in point; days after the Sandy Hook incident, a man in China attacked 20 school children with a knife. Many were injured, but nobody died. If had a gun, I’m sure there would have been several fatalities. Prop that data up against global violence data for the past 20 years and my hunch is, a clear pattern will emerge between countries with plenty of guns and countries that have banned them outright… but we won’t know until we have the data in front of us.

  • http://www.marketleader.com Ian Morris

    Thanks for doing this Alex and thanks Taylor and Geekwire for letting us know about it. For anyone who wishes to make their opinions know to their representatives, the site also has links for sending them an email.

  • Patriot_70

    I noticed that there were very few shootings before 1995. The “Gun Free School Zone Act, of 1995 is where our troubles truly began.

    Before 1995, there were three mass killings in schools. The first was a disgruntled man who blew up a school with dynamite in the Bath Township. The second was the Bell Tower shooting in 1966, where a veteran Marine sniped at people from a tower. The third was a shooting in California where a Viet-Nam vet shot at and hurt some Cambodian refugee kids. There is no law at all that could have stopped these killings. None. Even total disarmament would not have stopped them.

    The ill advised and useless gun ban passed congress and was signed into law, and all of the teachers and students who had kept guns in their cars on campus were force to leave them at home and the age of paranoia was born. But paranoia is rampant when you understand that the criminals are better armed than you are, and you are in a place where you are little more than a target.Those that would make a name for themselves by killing quickly pounced on the fact that no one would be able to defend the school. One shooting in 215 years was nothing compared to what was getting ready to happen now that the schools were elevated to prime targets.

    In 1998, Two boys shot and killed four girls and a teacher, and wounded 11 others.

    In 1999, Littleton Colorado – 12 dead.

    In 2002, Tuscon Arizona, three teachers dead.

    In 2005, Red Lake Minn, seven dead dozens wounded.

    In 2006, Nickle Mines, Penn, Five dead.

    In 2007, Blacksburg Va, 32 kids and teachers dead.

    In 2008, Dekalb Ill, Five dead.

    In 2020, Huntsville Al, Three dead three wounded.

    In 2012, Chardon Ohio, Three dead.

    In 2012, Oakland Calif, Seven dead.

    In 2012, Sandy Hook, 27 dead.

    The only response that is possible other than revoking this idiotic gun ban that has led to so many deaths, is to arm the schools, arm the teachers, or place police in the building. The better solution would be to file a state level lawsuit against the US government for violating the 2nd Amendment prohibitions on these kinds of laws, and for their placing so many kids in serious danger by banning self defense.The GOVERNMENT created this paranoia, the GOVERNMENT passed laws they are forbidden to pass, and the GOVERNMENT got these people killed.

    I noticed that there were very few shootings before 1995. The “Gun Free School Zone Act, of 1995 is where our troubles truly began.

    Before 1995, there were three mass killings in schools. The first was a disgruntled man who blew up a school with dynamite in the Bath Township. The second was the Bell Tower shooting in 1966, where a veteran Marine sniped at people from a tower. The third was a shooting in California where a Viet-Nam vet shot at and hurt some Cambodian refugee kids. There is no law at all that could have stopped these killings. None. Even total disarmament would not have stopped them.

    The ill advised and useless gun ban passed congress and was signed into law, and all of the teachers and students who had kept guns in their cars on campus were force to leave them at home and the age of paranoia was born. But paranoia is rampant when you understand that the criminals are better armed than you are, and you are in a place where you are little more than a target.Those that would make a name for themselves by killing quickly pounced on the fact that no one would be able to defend the school. One shooting in 215 years was nothing compared to what was getting ready to happen now that the schools were elevated to prime targets.

    In 1998, Two boys shot and killed four girls and a teacher, and wounded 11 others.

    In 1999, Littleton Colorado – 12 dead.

    In 2002, Tuscon Arizona, three teachers dead.

    In 2005, Red Lake Minn, seven dead dozens wounded.

    In 2006, Nickle Mines, Penn, Five dead.

    In 2007, Blacksburg Va, 32 kids and teachers dead.

    In 2008, Dekalb Ill, Five dead.

    In 2020, Huntsville Al, Three dead three wounded.

    In 2012, Chardon Ohio, Three dead.

    In 2012, Oakland Calif, Seven dead.

    In 2012, Sandy Hook, 27 dead.

    The only response that is possible other than revoking this idiotic gun ban that has led to so many deaths, is to arm the schools, arm the teachers, or place police in the building. The better solution would be to file a state level lawsuit against the US government for violating the 2nd Amendment prohibitions on these kinds of laws, and for their placing so many kids in serious danger by banning self defense.The GOVERNMENT created this paranoia, the GOVERNMENT passed laws they are forbidden to pass, and the GOVERNMENT got these people killed.