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During the first half of the 2015-2016 academic year, students have toted at least 135 firearms into U.S. schools.
The deadly spate of incidents brings the total of shooting deaths among young children this year to at least 11.
So far this academic year, at least 77 students — some as young as 4 years old — have been caught with firearms.
It took a second for the gun to accidentally go off, weeks for Florida to pass a law to keep guns out of children’s hands, and a lifetime for Sean Smith to forgive himself.
A practice that the NRA backs in principle runs into opposition when it collides with self-defense fervor.
Since the start of the school year, more than two dozen kids have been caught bringing firearms to class. A sociologist helps to understand the phenomenon.