In an amusing story, a government-funded media outlet notorious for its liberal slant found that the overwhelming majority of school shootings listed in a federal report never occurred. The embarrassing blunder involves Department of Education (DOE) figures stating that schools around the U.S. reported an alarming 235 shootings in one year.
National Public Radio (NPR) launched an investigation and actually contacted every one of the schools included in the DOE data, which was gathered by its Office for Civil Rights. The figures focus on the 2015-2016 school year and reveal that "nearly 240 schools…reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting."
Three months later, after every school was contacted by NPR, the stats changed drastically. More than two-thirds of the reported gun incidents never happened, according to the news outlet. "We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports," the article states. "In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn't confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn't meet the government's parameters for a shooting.
About a quarter of schools didn't respond to our inquiries." A program director at the nonprofit research organization that assisted NPR in analyzing the bogus government data is quoted in the piece saying: "When we're talking about such an important and rare event, [this] amount of data error could be very meaningful."