Today's Shooting Worse Than Columbine

Death toll in Conn. school tragedy 2nd worst in US history

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 14, 2012 1:42 PM CST

(Newser) – With 27 believed dead, NBC News puts today's horrific Connecticut school shooting in the context of others our country has weathered, and it's as devastating as it seems: It's worse than Columbine. The Sandy Hook Elementary shooting is the second worst in our nation's history, topped only by Virginia Tech and its 32 fatalities in 2007; 13 people died in 1999's Columbine massacre. One parent with a son at the 600-student school described the experience of waiting to see if his child was OK as "the most terrifying moment a parent can imagine." Seeing him "was the greatest relief in my existence." Click to read the latest on the massacre.

A mother runs with her children as police above canvass homes in the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
A mother runs with her children as police above canvass homes in the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School.   (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)
This satellite image provided by Google shows the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
This satellite image provided by Google shows the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Google)
Law enforcement canvass the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Law enforcement canvass the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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