School violence and gun-related injuries rank among top concerns

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

U.S. lawmakers may have moved on from the gun control debate that ensued after the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, but a new poll released Tuesday found that adults still rank school violence and gun-related injuries among their top concerns for children.

In the National Poll on Children's Health, an annual survey conducted by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan, adults were asked to name their biggest health concerns for children, both in their communities and nationwide. School violence and gun-related injuries each made the poll's top 10 list for the first time, with adults ranking school violence as their fourth biggest concern nationally, at 44 percent, and gun-related injuries their ninth biggest concern at a national level, at 39 percent.

Many of the biggest health concerns were mainstays, having appeared in the top 10 list for several years in a row. These included bullying, smoking, drug use and obesity, which topped the poll. But Dr. Matthew M. Davis, director of the poll, said it's important to "take note of the particular national concern about school violence and gun-related injuries so we can address how to improve and safeguard our children's health."

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