Study: More Than 90,000 Students Visit ER Every Year Due To School Violence

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File photo of an empty classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of an empty classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS Connecticut) — A new study reveals that more than 90,000 students are visiting the emergency room every year due to school violence.

Researchers found that between 2001 to 2008, there were more than 7 million ER visits because of injuries that occurred at school, HealthDay News reports. Of those injuries, more than 700,000 were considered deliberate, which averaged out to 92,000 ER visits a year.

Ninety-six percent of those 7 million visits were considered to be injuries from assaults at school.

“The number of injuries appears to be concerningly [sic] high, especially when you realize that such a substantial number of injuries are occurring in the school setting, where safety measures are already in place,” Dr. Siraj Amanullah, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, told HealthDay News.

Amanullah indicated that schools need to address safety strategies.

“There is a need to continue addressing this issue at various levels – at home, at school and in the medical care setting – and there is a need to ramp up our existing prevention and safety strategies,” Amanullah stated.

The study shows that non-white boys between the ages of 10 and 14 had a higher risk of being injured intentionally at school compared to other groups.

Only .08 percent of the injuries sustained at school came from gun violence.

“Parents and physicians need to talk to children about violence and bullying in and out of school, and try to address the issue at various levels just like prevention efforts for any other medical illness,” Amanullah told HealthDayNews.

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.

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