Massachusetts Medical Society: Some Facts About Violence and Kids

Some Facts About Violence and Kids

Fighting among teens results in death and injury. 

  • In 2004, more than 750,000 young people ages 10 to 24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained due to violence.
  • In 2003, 5,570 young people ages 10 to 24 were murdered -- an average of 15 each day. Of these victims, 82% were killed with firearms.
  • In a nationwide survey of high school students:
    • 33% reported being in a physical fight one or more times in the 12 months preceding the survey.
    • 17% reported carrying a weapon (e.g., gun, knife, or club) on one or more of the 30 days preceding the survey.
  • An estimated 30% of 6th to 10th graders in the United States were involved in bullying as a bully, a target of bullying, or both.

--Adapted from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

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