2018 Has Been Deadlier For School Children Than For Members Of The US Military

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More people have died in school shootings than have been killed while serving in the U.S. military so far this year.

According to The Washington Post, the first five months of 2018 have been more deadly for America’s school children than the U.S. military.

So far in 2018, there have been 13 service member fatalities in seven incidents. Seven of those casualties occurred in a helicopter crash in Iraq in March. Three of the total number of military casualties were not related to combat.

And America’s schools?

A total of 29 people have been killed in school shootings so far this year – and the number of deaths and shooting incidents are far higher this year than any other since 2000.

There have been three times as many deaths in school shootings so far this year than in the second-most deadly year through May 18, 2005.

In fact, there were 36 fatalities in school shootings in total through May 18 of each year from 2000 to 2017 — only slightly more than there have been in 2018 alone.

Though the difference between deaths in America’s schools and those suffered by the American military is stark, The Post notes that this doesn’t mean schools are more dangerous than battlefields:

After all, there are more than 50 million students in public elementary and high schools and only about 1.3 million members of the armed forces. So far in 2018, a member of the military has been about 40 times as likely to be killed as someone is to die in a school shooting.

However, 2018 is shaping up to be a particularly deadly year for students.