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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Bullying Victims and Guns
Here's a frightening statistic: high school students who are the victims of bullying are 31 times more likely to bring a weapon to school. That's right 31 times more likely according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control. So that means that 200,000 high school students have brought a weapon to school.
This is a recipe for disaster,
"Victims of bullying who have been threatened, engaged in a fight, injured, or had property stolen or damaged are much more likely to carry a gun or knife to school," said senior investigator Andrew Adesman, MD, FAAP, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York.
You can read the press release by the American Academy of Pediatrics here. Some of the data from the study is available here.
We have written extensively about bullying because children with disabilities are much more likely to be victims of bullying. This index lists a number of our posts in the bullying series.