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Report: Over 90K children become victims of school violence each year

A disturbing study published in Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed journal, suggests that more than 90,000 children each year end up in emergency rooms all over the country after becoming victims of school violence.

"I think it should be disturbing for anyone who is charged with the welfare of kids -- doctors, parents, teachers at school," said Dr. Probodh Hammady of Maricopa Medical Center.

According to the study's own author, Dr. Siraj Amanullah, of the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, and experts like Dr. Hammady, the number cited in the published study could actually be much larger, because some children are not inclined to report the aggressor.

"Kids are fearful of retaliation," said Hammady. "That's why it's so important for parents to communicate with their children."

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