School Bullying: Sending Thousands to E.R.

Bullying is no secret. It’s found in homes. It’s found online. Most commonly it’s found in schools. According to NBC, there are more than 90,000 school children who suffer from “intentional” injuries that are severe enough to land them in the emergency room each year.
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A recent study published in Pediatrics shows us that the number of bullying incidents and intentional injuries at school has decreased little, despite all of the attention on the issue.

Our Rock Hill child injury attorneys understand that bullying is largely unreported. In this study, researchers only look at incidents that made it to the E.R. Unfortunately, many children are oftentimes too intimidated to speak out against their bully and report the abuse to an adult. These statistics are merely the tip of the iceberg. With this study, officials are hoping to raise awareness of this very serious problem.

The co-author of the study, Dr. Siraj Amanullah, assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, and his colleagues searcher information and data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System — All Injury Program that was collected from 2001 through 2008. In this information, the kind of injury and when it happened was included.

Most Common Bullying Intentional Injuries:

-Cuts and Bruises: 40 percent
-Fractures: 12 percent
-Strains: 7 percent
More than 95 percent of these injuries were because of an assault and the most commonly identified bullies were friends and acquaintances.

School bullying takes on many forms, and it is done by both girls and boys.

Researchers concluded that parents, guardians, teachers and school personnel were to blame in many of these cases because children are likely to imitate the adults around them. According to an article that was published in the same issue, bullying among coaches was quite commonly observed in schools. Schools oftentimes will make excuses for the behavior if it’s a winning coach. A survey in that piece showed us that close to half of school children “reported verbal misconduct by coaches, including name-calling and insulting them during play.”

During the study, there were well over 7 million injuries that happened at schools. Of these, more than 736,000 were intentional.

Students who engage in bullying behaviors seem to have a need to feel powerful and in control. They appear to derive satisfaction from inflicting injury and suffering on others, seem to have little empathy for their victims, and often defend their actions by saying that their victims provoked them in some way.

Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn.

“Bullying presents one of the greatest health risks to children and young adults in U.S. society. It is malicious in its impact even if often less visible and less readily identifiable than other public health concerns,” said American Educational Research Association (AERA) Executive Director Felice J. Levine.

Schools need to find ways to reduce this problem. This includes having all teachers, staff, and administrators on board to prevent bullying from occurring.

Contact our North Carolina personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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