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December 14th, 2009
04:35 PM ET

Raw Data: Youth violence in the U.S.

Centers for Disease Control

Youth violence is widespread in the United States and is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24. According to a report released by the CDC, youth violence includes various behaviors such as bullying, slapping or hitting and can cause more emotional than physical harm. Robbery, assault or rape can lead to serious injury and even death. In 2006, an average of 16 people were murdered in the U.S. each day.

Take a look at some of the CDC’s statistics:

• 5,958 young people age 10 to 24 were murdered—an average of 16 each day—in 2006.

• Over 631,000 violence-related injuries in young people age 10 to 24 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2007

• In a 2007 nationwide survey, 36% of high school students reported being in a physical fight during the past 12 months.

• Nearly 6% of high school students in 2007 reported taking a gun, knife, or club to school in the 30 days before the survey.

• An estimated 30% of kids between 6th and 10th grade report being involved in bullying.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. V Wolsk, NYC

    The movies, music, media,our government and even our President support violence as a solution to conflict. As long as we glamorize violence in our media, in our music, through encouraging our young people to train for aggressive sports and even combat, we will have ever increasing violence among our young people.

    December 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A lot of our childrens' problems start in the home and it's ignored, tolerated or passed off as being cute or funny. Adults need to learn how to parent instead of expecting schools to do their parenting which in most cases adults accuse teachers, law enforcement, etc. to be the problem which sends a worse message to our kids.

    December 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  3. Tim Gibson

    This is a dire warning for all the parents and grandparents in our nation. We teach our children by example in behaviors and words.

    December 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm |