During the 2016-2017 academic year, the National Center for Education Statistics recorded 3,272 instances where kids brought guns to school. The Center has not released any statistics since.
“There’s a major problem with reporting on kids who bring guns to school,” Sarah Zelazny, a Pittsburgh-based Gun Violence Prevention Advocate told Fortune. “We don’t even know how pervasive the problem is.”
That’s because public schools aren’t properly reporting the incidents, likely due to the fact there is no nationally enforced reporting system, experts say.
About 4.6 million U.S. children live in homes with a loaded, unlocked firearm and many of them have accessed the weapons without their parents knowing.