School Violence Sends 90K Kids to ER Every Year
10% of school injuries are intentional: study
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 13, 2014 9:18 AM CST
Some 90,000 kids per year end up in the ER after school violence.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – "Intentional" injuries received at school send some 90,000 kids to the ER each year, a new study shows. There's only been a slight decrease in that figure over the past decade, in what researchers see as a disappointment. "With so much emphasis on school safety and bullying now, we expected a bigger decline," study co-author Siraj Amanullah tells NBC News. Even more worrying: The figure could be misleadingly low. Kids underreport bullying because authorities don't take much action, Amanullah says.

Some 40% of injuries were cuts and bruises, while 12% were fractures, 10% brain injuries, and 7% sprains and strains, NBC notes. Assault—usually by someone known to the victim—accounted for 96% of the injuries, and 10% included multiple attackers. The study reviewed the period from January 2001 through December 2008, during which there were 7,397,301 school injuries among kids ages 5 to 19; about 10% of those were intentional, LiveScience notes. "Every school should assume they have an issue," says an expert.

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winterfairy
Jan 14, 2014 1:02 AM CST
The Public Schools are shitholes and anybody that knows anything about the schools knows it. Rampant sexual abuse, gangs, children scared witless to be alone or in the restroom, foul mouthed filthy feral males, the girls almost as bad. The great Marxist Utopian experiment has failed miserably and only parents with their head in the sand don't know it. The Liberals thought if they could isolate the youth and raise them under the Marxist psychobabble of the 60's, they could produce a Marxist society. They pretty much have succeeded. The USA is a shithole from sea to shining sea with tens of millions on the teat, no moral compass, dozens of addictions all they care about is feeding, foul language and even fouler treatment of each other. Thanks LIBS!!! YOU DONE GOOD.
DougMasters
Jan 13, 2014 1:23 PM CST
"Some 40% of injuries were cuts and bruises" I don't really think we can say the bullies sent those kids to the ER... knee jerk parents decided to clog the needed ER with stupid cuts and bruises... I blame the parents there.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jan 13, 2014 11:12 AM CST
Our public school systems are corrupted and practically lost. They are more concerned about sending a third grader to prison for making a finger gesture. My state is working up a whole set of new laws against school systems and teachers who victimize children for doing something as simple as saying "bang" or making a finger gun gesture. It will include the poptart incident. It will basically say if a teacher calls the police because a child makes a gun gesture, they will be booked for felony-1 child abuse. That will do a lot to get our lost, draconian school systems to reel it in and start teaching instead of baby sitting.