S.C. State shooting hits close to home for Charlestonians

The recent shooting at South Carolina State is just one of many school shootings to occur this year. (Photo courtesy of scsu.edu)

The recent shooting at South Carolina State is just one of over a dozen school shootings to occur in 2014. (Photo courtesy of scsu.edu)

A little over a week ago, Brandon Alexander Robinson was fatally shot on campus at South Carolina State University. He was just 20 years old. His mother lived only five minutes away.

This murder is the latest in a disturbing string of school shootings, each intrusive enough to take lives, injure, or both, yet minimal enough to garner little attention from the media. Since the beginning of 2014, barely a month ago, there have been 11 incidences nationwide. In Jackson, Tennessee, a student shot a classmate in the thigh outside their school. Purdue University: a 21 year old student was shot and killed in what lead to an eight hour lockdown. Roswell, New Mexico: two Middle School students were shot in their gymnasium and airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. The shooter was 12 years old.

And now, the South Carolina State University shooting brings the trend eerily close to home. S.C. State, in Orangeburg, lies only an hour away from the College of Charleston. And the shooter, now under arrest and charged with murder, is Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, from Charleston. The incident was allegedly triggered after an argument between Robinson and Singleton, with no apparent intent of mass murder.

While it is important to realize the distinction between personal vendetta-charged murders and flat-out rampages, such as Sandy Hook, it is equally important to realize the depravity implied by both. At the end of the day, the fact is the United States leads the world in school shootings. A year old analysis by Quartz shows the number of school shootings with multiple victims in the United States are nearly equal to that of 35 other developed countries — including super-populations like China and India — combined.

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