A Washington Post analysis based on data from Defense Department news releases found that more people have been killed at schools than were killed while serving in the U.S. military, so far in 2018.
After the shooting deaths of 10 people at a Texas high school on Friday, the newspaper’s database recorded 29 deaths in 16 different incidents in the U.S. this year.
Since the publication of the article, the death toll has risen to 10 people.
According to Defense Department data, only 13 service member fatalities were recorded in seven incidents during the same time period.
Seven of those fatalities occurred during a helicopter crash in Iraq this March. Three military casualties were not related to combat.
The newspaper did not suggest that schools are more dangerous than combat zones.
According to more recent data compiled from each of the military branches’ websites, there have been more people killed while serving than in school shootings.
The number of fatalities was significantly greater than the number of people killed in school shootings, last year. That is because 17 people were slain in February’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
There are more than 50 million students in public schools but only 1.3 million members of the armed forces. Service members are still about 17 times more likely to be killed than someone in a school shooting.
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