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Violence against U.S. kids is common

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A victim is placed in an ambulance after Tuesday's shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas   
March 25, 1998
Web posted at: 1:41 p.m. EST (1841 GMT)

(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 iceberg.

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.

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