It seems like one of the biggest agendas on a lot of minds these days is how to reduce bullying and violence in schools.
However, despite the fact that this is such a hot button issue, a new study has emerged that reveals school violence is still happening a lot!
One of the co-authors of the study, Dr. Siraj Amanullah, revealed that the findings were a shock to his and his colleagues. He said:
“We were surprised. With so much emphasis on school safety and bullying now, we expected a bigger decline. Ninety-thousand per year is quite huge."
The assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at Brown University's medical school also said those numbers may be under-representing the actual figure. The reason for this is because of how often children don't report bullying because they might be feeling embarrassed, scared, or something else entirely!
“Bullying is so underreported. We were hoping this study would bring more attention to the problem.”
The researchers created the study by combing through data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System — All Injury Program from the beginning of 2001 to the end of 2008.
They found that students injured at school made up a whopping ten percent of the 7,397,301 ER visits tracked. Which averages out to 90,000 ER visits per year!
Cuts and bruises were the biggest reason why a lot of kids went to the hospital, but the list of injuries also included fracture, brain injuries, and sprains!
One youth expert named Patrick Tolan proposed that part of the solution has to be increased monitoring on kids from the parents and the schools. He said:
“Every school should assume they have an issue. They should be looking at where and how both intentional and unintentional injuries are occurring.”
We absolutely agree!
Kids should and need to feel safe in schools. And if they don't - that problem needs to be nipped in the bud right away!
Stopping school violence needs to be everyone's main priority!!!