Study: Connection between bullying and carrying weapons

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A new study shows a connection between being bullied and carrying weapons. 22News is working for you with more information on the study.

It shows hundreds of thousands of bullying victims may be bringing weapons to school. It shows one in five students in the U.S. report being bullied.

The study, conducted by the Pediatric Academic Societies, defined bullying as having been threatened, been in a fight or injured, or having property stolen or damaged.

Here’s the scary news: nearly thirty percent of these students say they brought a weapon to school in the past year. Over sixty percent of those who experienced multiple bullying factors had brought a weapon to school.

Now, the repercussions of bullying extend long beyond childhood. Those who were bullied are more likely to have poor physical and mental health by middle age.

They were also more likely to be depressed and suffer from anxiety or suicidal thoughts. Men who were bullied were also more likely to be unemployed. The most common victims of bullying were white females in lower grades.

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