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May 09

Bullied Teens Study : Be Aware of Potential Weapons

It should not be unusual news to school administrators that students who have been targeted by bullies in school begin bringing self-defense items (weapons) with them to school.  Research data from more than 15,000 high school students contained in a 2011 survey indicated that students who had been bullied are 31 times more likely to bring weapons such as guns to school.

The survey, reported in the May 4, 2014 Health Day News , indicated that 20 percent of students who said they were bullied were more likely to be in lower grades and female and white. Nearly 9 percent of these students reported bringing weapons to schoolcompared to less than 9 percent of those who were not bullied.

In other words, bullying behavior can spawn other undesirable behaviors in our public schools such as revenge and students having thoughts of needing self protection. These actions can increase the number of bullying related incidents and cause school disruption, lost class time and the most damaging consequences, injury to other students.

The take away from this preliminary study:  school administrators are reminded of  the need to focus not only on the students demonstrating bullying behavior, but also a new focus on students who have been the victim of this harassment.  A student that bring weapons to school for use against classroom bullies is certainly not new, but the level of deadly force by the choice of the weapon has escalated and could cause injury to innocent students and staff.

If you would like more information, please go to: http://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/adolescents-and-teen-health-news-719/many-bullied-teens-carry-weapons-to-school-finds-study-687343.html