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The Relentless School Nurse: What Data Suggest About School Shootings with David Riedman

David Riedman, founder of the K12 School Shooting Database
If you have never heard the name, David Riedman, you most certainly have read about his life’s work, the K-12 School Shooting Database, because you see, we need one. David is the one-man team behind this extensive database that documents shootings that happen on school grounds from 1970 through the current day. His body of work dives deeply into the data of school shootings, he meticulously tracks multiple data points associated with each horrific event, and his data is open access and updated in real-time.
David Riedman was the guest on R. Bradley Snyder’s podcast, Talking About Kids the content of this post was retrieved from the website: Talking About Kids. 

Talking About Kids is a weekly podcast for parents, educators, and direct service providers that explores the latest information on issues impacting children and adolescents, from preventing bullying to unlocking creativity. Hosted by – R. Bradley Snyder, author of The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids – each episode presents a new topic and introduces listeners to authors, academics, and visionaries from around the globe.


School shootings are all too frequently in the news. When they are, there is a good chance that my guest’s work will be cited. David Riedman is the co-founder of the K-12 School Shooting Database, which contains detailed information on all school shootings in the United States from 1970 to the present. David, an expert on security and crisis management, has spent a lot of time with this information, and his conclusions about our society’s response to school shootings might surprise you. 

The link below is to the audio podcast: 

What data suggest about school shootings with David Riedman Talking About Kids


Biography of David Riedman

David Riedman is a 2015 master’s degree graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School, conducts research on gun violence in schools, and authored multiple peer-reviewed articles on homeland security policy, critical infrastructure protection, and emergency management. He has keynoted the largest conferences for public health officials and campus security to share his research on school shootings. He served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in Maryland for 18 years where he reached the rank of Captain.

In 2017, Mr. Riedman was selected by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security for the 18-month Homeland Security Advanced Thinking (HSx) program where he and his research partner created the first version of the K-12 School Shooting Database as a class project. Since then, he has continued to develop the database into the most comprehensive and inclusive public source of information on gun violence at schools.

In partnership with Dr. Peterson and Dr. Densley from The Violence Project, he published and co-published multiple op-eds on school shootings in The Conversation, The Washington Post, LA Times, Star Tribune, Education Week, Sun Sentinel, and The Tennessean (USA Today). In addition to his own research and writing, the K-12 school shooting database has been used as a primary data source in 80 peer-reviewed articles and reports, and cited by more than 1,000 media outlets.

David Riedman

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