NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - In the last year, 13 schools shootings have rocked communities across the country. Seven took place in the month after the Newtown school massacre.
One of those school shootings took place on a college campus right here in Massachusetts after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
“It's scary because you can't protect from everything. When she goes to school I'm not going to be there with her necessarily,” said San Hopper, mom of one.
It's these types of violent incidents that led one Palmer mom to home school her daughter.
“There are a lot of reasons to home school. I wanted her to be with me, I am worried about violence in the schools with school shootings. It doesn't seem like a safe environment. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't,” said Jeannie Landrie.
There have been five school shootings in high schools this year; seven on college campuses. This past April, an MIT campus police officer was shot and killed in Cambridge following the Boston Marathon bombings.
On Monday, a 12-year-old opened fire inside his middle school in Nevada, killing a teacher and wounding two students.
One retired school teacher told 22News she'd like to see school districts start safety training.
“Be realistic with kids about how arbitrary the state of country that we live in. And how available weapons are to people even in the nicest towns,” said Betsy Sheehan of Hatfield.
All of these shootings have taken the lives of 17 people.