A student is any individual who receives instruction from a learned individual such as a scholar, a teacher, a mentor or an industry professional. In most horror fiction, student is usually used in reference to elementary schools, high schools or colleges.
A high school student is a male or female, usually between the ages of 14-17 who are required by law to attend a school within the zoning district in which they reside. High school generally represents a period of social and physical development in which students not only undergo the advanced stages of puberty, but also develop their core personalities, which will shape their futures. Most of the time however, they are just fodder for some psychotic axe-wielding murderer who wants to chop them up while they are off on Spring Break or a camping trip. The lucky ones however, manage to survive long enough to attend graduation where they receive their diploma and get to wear a nifty hat and gown.
A college student is a male or female, usually between the ages of 17-21 who has enrolled at a college of university. Many students are encouraged to join either a fraternity if they are male, or a sorority if they are female. Outside of their studies, students are often known for partying, particularly during the Spring Break season. This makes them ripe for any matter of tragedy to fall upon them, typically in the form of a psychopathic murderer, or in some cases, a predatory animal. College student deaths have been portrayed in literally hundreds of films including obscure classics such as Bikini Bloodbath Car Wash, Sorority House Massacre and Piranha 3D.
In the town of Springwood, Ohio, many teenagers attend public school at Springwood High School. Springwood High had a history of bizarre cases involving students, many of whom died at a young age over the span of two decades. This is due to the actions of a demonic dream entity named Freddy Krueger, who targeted the teenage populace of Springwood and murdered them in their dreams. Students who attended Springwood high included Nancy Thompson, Christina Gray, Jesse Walsh, Ron Grady, Lisa Webber, Lori Campbell, Kia Waterson and Gibb Smith.