Violence against U.S. kids is common
March 25, 1998
A victim is placed in an ambulance after Tuesday's shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas
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(CNN) -- When it comes to violence against children in the
United States, the shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas, that
left four students and a teacher dead are just the tip of the
Every day in America, 13 children under the age of 20 are
murdered, according to the Children's Defense Fund, a private
nonprofit organization supported by foundations.
In addition, a study released last week by the National
Center for Education Statistics said more than half of the
nation's schools reported at least some incidents of violence
in the 1996-97 school year.
The same report said 10 percent of schools reported serious
violent crimes, including rape, suicide, robbery, physical
attacks or fights with a weapon.
Statistics such as these provide crucial lessons for parents,
as CNN correspondent Pat Etheridge reports.