Study: Intentional School Violence Lands More Than 90,000 Children A Year In The ER
By D.B. Hirsch
January 13, 2014 9:14 am - NewsBehavingBadly.com
The study, published in Pediatrics, reveals that 90,000 students a year wind up in the emergency room because they are hurt intentionally on school grounds.
Alhough there was a decrease in the number of intentional injuries at school over the last 10 years, it was minor, said study co-author Dr. Siraj Amanullah, an assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
“We were surprised,” Amanullah said. “With so much emphasis on school safety and bullying now, we expected a bigger decline. Ninety-thousand per year is quite huge.”
And keep in mind, Amanullah said, the study was only looking at kids who turned up in the ER. This could just be the tip of the iceberg.
“Bullying is so underreported,” said Amanullah, adding that children are still reluctant to tell anyone because often little gets done about it. “We were hoping this study would bring more attention to the problem.”