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The Promise of Child Safety Accounts

Although violent incidents in schools have declined since the 1990s, recent high-profile school shootings have put parents (and children) on edge, wondering if their son or daughter will be the next victim of a crazed gunman’s rampage. It can be difficult to attribute exact motivations to people, especially younger ones, who commit heinous murders or suicide. But many school shooters were victims of abuse and bullying, including the Parkland shooter who gunned down students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
The correlation between bullying (and other forms of unwanted, aggressive behavior) and suicide, as well as emotional distress and relationship issues, has been well documented. This is not to suggest that children who are victims of violence at schools will become violent themselves — the majority will not. But, we should consider alternative, innovative ways to prevent or, at the very least, alleviate bullying and harassment before the victims take matters

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