Aug 9, 2019
School violence is on the rise but, surprise, it’s the bullies themselves who are most likely to be seriously injured. This the conclusion of a study by researchers at the University of Texas-Houston who studied of some 4300 5th, 7th, and 10th graders in Houston, LA, and Birmingham, Alabama.
In 5th grade, 17% of children sustained at least one violent injury with a gun or knife, but that percentage rose to 33% by10th grade with gunshot injuries predominating. Bullies themselves were 41% more likely to be violently injured compared with other children because they engage in more risky and violent activities.
If you are the parent of a bully, don’t think that encouraging your child to “feel his/her oats” will end well. Aggressively stop this behavior and redirect your child’s energies in more positive directions.
Katelyn K. Jetelina, Jennifer M. Reingle Gonzalez, Mark A. Schuster, etal. Mechanisms and Frequency of Violent Injuries Among Victims and Perpetrators of Bullying. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2019; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.10.295
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