School Violence Lands More Than 90,000 a Year in The ER
Studies show that despite more awareness on the issue, many kids are being seriously hurt while on school grounds.
Each year more than 90,000 school children suffer “intentional” injuries severe enough to land them in the emergency room, according to the study published in Pediatrics.
Overall Decrease in Injuries is still not Enough
“With so much emphasis on school safety and bullying now, we expected a bigger decline. Ninety-thousand per year is quite huge.” – Dr. Siraj Amanullah, assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University as published by NBC
While there was a decrease in the number of intentional injuries at school over the last 10 years, it is still only a minor improvement according to study co-author Dr. Siraj Amanullah, assistant professor of emergency medicine in pediatrics at Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
According to NBC, the study was only looking at kids who turned up in the ER, and this could “just be the tip of the iceberg,” Amanullah warns.
Information from the study compiled from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 2001-2008 indicates:
- Cuts and bruises were the most common at 40%
- Fractures accounted for 12%
- Brain injuries for 10%
- Sprains and strains for 7%
- 96% of the injuries were the result of an assault, with most perpetrators identified as friends or acquaintances. A full 10% of the assault involved multiple perpetrators.
Shocking Influence of Surrounding Adults
- The study claims that part of the problem may be the adults the kids model themselves after.
- An article in the same issue of Pediatrics reported that bullying behavior in coaches is high. Schools are said to often make excuses for the behavior if it's a winning coach.
- A survey found in the article found that 45 percent of kids reported verbal misconduct by coaches.
The Bigger Picture and a Possible Solution
A total of 7,397,301 injuries occurred at school, and 736,014 were intentional.
The new study shows that almost 10 percent of injuries are intentional, meaning a lot of the violence taking place doesn't include sports or tripping and falling and getting hurt.
Patrick Tolan, professor at the University of Virginia, claims that part of the solution may be increased monitoring of the kids; “Every school should assume they have an issue,” he adds.
Tolan also adds that while schools could do more to ensure safety, parents should remember that schools are still the safest place for most kids outside the home.
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