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School Fighting Statistics

If your child is fighting in school or being bullied, it is recommended to contact a personal injury attorney to file a lawsuit against the school or the school district for negligence. It is the health of your child on the line here.

Physical fighting among adolescents in school is of public health concern both because of the potential for fight-related injuries and its association with participation in many other health risk behaviors. Fights that involve weapons are a major cause of serious injuries and deaths among youth.

A 2001 United States survey of high school students found that in the past year:
  • 33 percent of the students had been in a physical fight
  • 12.5 percent of the students had been in a physical fight on school property
  • 4 percent of the students had been hurt badly enough in a fight to need medical treatment. This is a high number for children.
Significant gender differences were found but still:
  • 43 percent of male students reported fighting in the past year
  • Even 24 percent of female students reported involvement in a physical fight. That is one in four girls getting into a fight.
As you can see, fighting in school is a serious problem, one that you cannot take lightly. If your child has been in a fight and it was not stopped by the school, it might be time to contact a personal injury attorney to file suit against the school for negligence.

Assault can happen even at a Young Age
Assaults are becoming more common in schools, were children should be under protection. If you have a child injured by a bully or other students you may be able to file a claim against the school.

In a landmark case in 1999, a mother sued a Chicago-area school district, alleging that, by not preventing a bully from beating her son, the school showed disregard for his safety. The Illinois case was filed through a personal injury attorney by Gail Zak on behalf of her son, Derek. It alleges that in 1998, when he was in the sixth grade, he was beaten by another student and suffered a concussion.

The suit alleges that the bully had exhibited a pattern of violent behavior and that school officials were warned of that behavior by a father whose son had been beaten by the bully on the previous day.

School Fights Are Serious
Two High School students were jailed in 2008 on assault charges after police said they were in a fight in the school during which another student was cut.

These fights are not just bruises anymore and school should be responsible to keep weapons out..The two children in the fight were committed to a local prison in lieu of $25,000 bail each following the arraignment.Both were charged as adults with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. The victim, a male student whose name police withheld, suffered a 2-inch-long laceration on his left shoulder while he was surrounded and beaten by a group of male students. Police were unable to determine what was used to cut the victim.

If something this happened to your child, you need to call a personal injury attorney to protect your child and for its safety.
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