Hundreds of thousands of victims of high school bullying (an estimated 200,000) bring weapons (knives and guns) to school, most probably as a reaction to their bullying experiences. This is one of the jaw-dropping findings presented by a group of researchers at a recent Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Colombia.
Researchers, Senior Investigator Andrew Adesman, M.D., FAAP, Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, and Principal Investigator Lana Schapiro, M.D., FAAP, also found that bullying victims were up to 31 times “more likely to carry a weapon to school than those who have not been bullied.”
The study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), analyzed data collected from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which included a nationally representative survey of more than 15,000 U.S. high school students.
What the findings basically mean is that high school bullying is a time bomb just waiting to explode and that, without critical intervention to radically reduce the number of students bullied in high schools combined with equally focused action designed to intercept weapons before they arrive on school grounds, school shooting tragedies are virtually a certainty.
Click here to view the study’s abstract.
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