Thousands of Bullying Victims Pack Guns to School
And knives and clubs too, study says
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2014 3:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bullied high-school students are bringing hundreds of thousands of clubs, knives, and guns onto school grounds—at a time when student-on-student violence has stunned and baffled the nation, NBC News reports. According to data extrapolated from a CDC survey, bullying victims who are injured or threatened by a weapon at school are 800% more likely to pack a weapon, and the effects are cumulative, so chronic-bullying victims are far more likely to carry a weapon. The result: More than 200,000 students are bringing weapons into high schools, Discovery reports. "When you combine" the various "risk factors, you see scary figures," says lead author Andrew Adesman.

Researchers looked at the 20% of US high school students who report having been bullied, most of whom are white, female, and in lower grades, Medical Daily reports. The numbers show that four categories of bullying victims—those who have cut school over safety concerns, had personal property stolen or damaged, suffered physical assault, and endured verbal torment—are almost 49 times more likely to have a weapon, and 34 times more likely to have a gun. But linking the data to school assaults isn't easy, NBC News notes, because some attackers are bullies (the Columbine shooters) while others are bullying victims (like, apparently, Alex Hribal). One anti-bullying advocate says the solution is to break the "code of silence" among many students: "We have to give our kids permission and support to report what they hear when a peer is in trouble," she says.

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Ranjel Argallon
May 7, 2014 6:02 PM CDT
I always have heard and seen people or children who are bullied. Threatened, hurt, verbally abused, etc. It`s really hurt seeing people get hurt. "haters will say what they want, but their hate will never stop you from chasing your dream". I suggest a safety application you could use if you are in trouble. check this out for more info.!/page_home
May 5, 2014 2:28 PM CDT
'Bullying' is an advocated and supported concept in all schools. 'Hazing' in college, brings it to a whole new level, and fully supported by every college Dean in the country. Don't believe me? In my Junior H.S., around the time when 'Bic' lighters first came on the market, Puerto Rican kid sitting behind me in English class, set fire too the back of my head, burning most of the hair off. And of course, it was found to be funny by everyone else. So, off to the Principal, or was it some counselor, I forget. Anyhow, I ended up getting patronized, and pacified by 3 adults, and bean-dip got off with nothing happening to him. To say the least, I was humiliated, embarrassed and pissed off! Next day, I brought a friend with me to school, 'Mr. Bat' was his name, waited for English class to fill up, came in and beat the f*k outta flaming taco boy! Then I addressed the entire class, "hey everyone, how funny is this??!!!" I think he still walks with a limp to this day. So yea, kids, bring your guns, knives, bats, whatever, and take care of business. Cuz the 'adults' around you just don't give a damn!
May 5, 2014 12:05 PM CDT
So stop the bullies. If any of us walk up to someone we worked with and punched them we'd be arrested for assault, but a student can attack another student and we get "there's nothing we can do about it" from those paid to educate our children. I went through this when my children went to school. One little girl insisted on hitting my son with anything she could find, so after months of trying to do something about it I told him to pick up something and knock her out, guess you know who got in trouble, my son. The school threatened to spank him and I threatened to beat the cr@p out of who ever did. To make this short, they didn't spank him and from that day forward the brat kept her weapons to herself. But then this was 1975.