Study finds bullying victims more likely to bring weapon to school

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ATLANTA (CBS News) – A new study based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says thousands of kids who say they’re the victims of bullying are bringing some kind of weapon to school.

The report analyzes a detailed survey of 15,000 high school students who were asked questions about bullying. The survey, conducted by the CDC, found that 20 percent of those high school students reported being victims of bullying within the last 12 months.

Even more concerning to researchers: An estimated 250,000 bullying victims were carrying guns, knives or clubs to school within the last 30 days of the survey being conducted.

Senior investigator Dr. Andrew Adesman is with the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York.

“They’re telling us that there’s practically one child in every classroom that’s carrying a weapon,” he said.

Adesman’s research team also found that each of the following four risk factors increased the chance of a bullying victim carrying a weapon to school: If the student was not going to school due to feeling unsafe in school or on the way to school; had property stolen or damaged; had been threatened or injured with a weapon; and had been in a physical fight.

“This is a group that’s not only traumatized psychologically, and they worry for themselves physically, but they also pose a threat to the rest of the student body,” said Adesman.

The study showed that bullying victims were more likely to be from lower grades, female and white.

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  • DJ

    This is no surprise, if a child were allowed to stand up for themself, by punching the bully in the mouth, then there would be less of a reason for this. Instead, schools press charges on both kids for assault if they fight. A fist fight is a lot better than a shooting if you ask me.
    When we were kids in school, if someone was bullying you, you punched them in the mouth. And in most cases, you became friends after. And there were never weapons involved. All of this is the wussification of America.

  • Nuclear Mike

    What else can the we expect of our children as the thugs & bullies rule the school “halls & yards” now as there is no real discipline applied to remove these thugs & bullies from our public shcools as tolerance is the politically correct word from the Administrations.

    Huntsville has several schools where the fights & bullying continue unchecked until there is another violent death of a student by a student who feels their life threatened…and no one is protecting them!

  • Michael

    How are those zero tolerance on fighting policies working out? I agree with DJ. Bullies only target those that won’t fight back. A quick punch in the nose out of self-defense and the bullies move on. But now that we tell our kids that “violence is never the answer” the victims feel they have no other option than to repress their emotions. Eventually, it becomes more than they can handle leaving it to spew over in the form of a deadly weapon.

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