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U.S. parents are worried about school shootings, survey says

Most parents of K-12 children are concerned that a shooting could happen at their child’s school, according to the results of a survey released by the Pew Research Center today.

Of the 69% of parents who said they were worried about a shooting at their child’s school, 37% said they were “somewhat worried,” while 32% said they were either “very worried” or “extremely worried.”

The survey of 3,757 parents was conducted between Sept. 20 and Oct. 2.

Mothers who were surveyed were more concerned about the possibility of a school shooting than fathers, with a 39% saying they were either “very worried” or “extremely worried,” compared to 24% of the fathers who were surveyed.

Half of Hispanic parents surveyed said they were “very worried” or “extremely worried” about school shootings, compared to 40% of Black parents, 35% of Asian parents and 22 percent of white parents.