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Many bullying victims are carrying weapons to school

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Bullying in our schools have become a very serious problem. There are deepening concerns that the victims of bullying may take drastic retaliatory actions against their classmates. In fact scores of bullying victims are bringing weapons to school reported the American Academy of Pediatrics on May 4, 2014. According to research presented Sunday, May 4, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada an estimated 200,000 high school students who are bullied bring weapons to school.

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The researchers also discovered that kids who have been victimized in multiple ways by bullying are up to 31 times more likely to carry a weapon to school than those students who have not been bullied. Senior investigator Andrew Adesman, MD has said victims of bullying who have been threatened, engaged in a fight, injured, or who have had property stolen or damaged are significantly more likely to carry a gun or knife to school.

In this study 20 percent of high school students reported being victims of bullying. Those who were in lower grades, females and white were more likely to be bullied. These youth were also more likely to carry a weapon to school than kids who were not bullied, at 8.6 percent vs. 4.6 percent. There are a lot of high school students who report having been victimized by bullies and who admit they now carry a weapon to school. Principal investigator Lana Schapiro, MD says clearly there must be more efforts to reduce bullying in all forms.

Dr. Schapiro has presented an abstract, present “Association between Victims of Bullying and Weapon Carrying among High School Students in the United States.” She has noted that in the wake of Columbine and other school based tragedies there has been an increased awareness that victims of bullies pose a considerable threat to student safety both on and off school property. It has been concluded there is a greater likelihood of students carrying a weapon in school and in the community if they have been victimized repeatedly and in multiple ways. Clearly there must be much more aggressive initiatives to try to stop bullying and to help the victims of bullying cope better.

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