As societal mores continue to change, more and more violence is creeping into our lives with the youth, especially those in the 10 to 25 years age bracket, becoming more and more aggressive. Youth violence has caused many deadly incidents all around the world. School shooting massacres, where students go insane and open fire leaving many dead and several others injured have been reported much too frequently, especially from United States of America. This list of top 10 extreme youth violence cases have shocked the world and are considered among the most violent incidents ever in human history.
On February 2, 1996, 14-year-old Barry Dale Loukaiti, killed two students and his algebra teacher at Frontier Middle School in Moses Lake, Washington, United States. He held his classmates hostage for 10 minutes before one of the teachers present, disarmed him. Loukaitis was later sentenced to serve two life sentences and an additional 205 years without the possibility of parole. Although not one of the worst school massacres, the case was surely one of the first incidences of youth violence.
On April 26, 2002, Robert Steinhäuser, a 19-year-old boy, who was expelled from Gutenberg Gymnasium School in Germany, armed himself with a 9mm Glock 17 and a Mossberg 590 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. He went on firing 71 rounds, killing 16 people including 13 faculty members, two students, and one police officer. A teacher managed to lock Robert in a room but he committed suicide therein.
On July 20, 2012, James Eagan Holmes, 25, killed 12 people and injured 58 others by setting off tear gas grenades and shooting into the audience with multiple weapons. The terrifying incident took place inside the Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado at the midnight screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Holmes was arrested at the crime scene and faces death sentence in the case which is on trial.
On March 11, 2009, 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer shot dead 16 people and injured nine others at a secondary school in Winnenden, Baden-Württemberg, in southwestern Germany before killing himself. Most of the victims were females and most of the victims were shot in the head. Reports suggest that he was suffering from depression and had received treatment at a psychiatric clinic.
On April 20, 1999, two students – Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17 – insanely opened fire inside the Columbine High School campus in Colorado, United States. They murdered 12 students and a teacher, and wounded 26 others before committing suicide. The Columbine High School shooting rampage is considered the deadliest mass murder committed on an American High School campus.
On November 20, 2006, 18-year-old Bastian Bosse shot and wounded five people at his old school Geschwister Scholl-Schule, Emsdetten in Germany. After he was done, he committed suicide. Around 16 police officers had to be treated for respiratory problems due to smoke inhalation from the smoke bombs Bosse used and 15 students suffered from shock.
On April 16, 2007, Seung Hui Cho, aged 23, killed 32 people and wounded 25 others on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. Cho, who had been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, was responsible for the worst massacre by a single gunman in US history. After the police arrived at the crime scene, Cho shot himself. One of the most significant incidents of youth violence, the Virginia Tech shooting forced the state of Virginia to change its laws by debarring mentally unsound persons from purchasing handguns or other arms.
On March 24, 1998, two boys – Andrew Golden and Mitchell Johnson aged 11 and 13, respectively – went on a shooting spree at Westside Middle School, Jonesboro, Arkanas, USA. They killed four girls, a teacher and wounded 10 others. The duo fled from the crime scene only to be apprehended later. The shooting at Westside Middle School was instrumental in pushing legislative action to allow prosecutors discretion in charging juveniles as adults.
On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, who had no criminal record, murdered 20 children and six staff members at an elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut USA. Before he arrived in school, Lanza had killed his mother at home. Later the same day, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The incident brought tears in the eyes of US President Barack Obama. The massacre has sparked a nationwide debate on gun control.