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Kids assaulted in school have high emergency room visits

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A new study sheds light on the realities of school bullying. Researchers looked at statistics from 2001 to 2008 and found a high number of children (88,000) visited emergency rooms (ER) for intentional injuries possibly/probably caused by school bullying, according to a report published online Jan. 13 in the journal Pediatrics. The reported injuries were suggestive of student violence.

Non-white (sic) boys between the ages of 10 and 14 had the highest risk of intentional injury resulting from school behaviors. The lowest risk group for school injuries were girls, although girls and teens between the ages of 15 and 19 had the highest risk of intentional injury outside of the school environment.

School Violence and ER Visits - HealthDay video

The astonishing findings give relevance to the need of addressing school bullying in the home, school and community levels. Parents and caregivers are advised to become involved and communities are encouraged to implement preventive strategies to lower the needless ER visits resulting from school violence.

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