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Over the past few years, we have heard many distressing stories about violence in our schools. There is no doubt it can be unnerving, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the problem is actually not as bad as we might think on a national level. We are making strides in an effort to cut down on violent events on an extreme level. A recent report of student homicides by CDC researchers and education experts showed a drop in killings that involved a single victim between 1992 and 2006. Here is the important point for our at-risk schools. Evidence shows that violence prevention programs can help young people learn other ways to resolve conflict and express their feelings in a safer way. Schools and communities can get together to make these programs available, and they can prevent violence before it occurs. A crucial step is to try and cut down on the availability of guns. Too many students are armed.

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP