Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: We share Dr Barger's concern that
school-associated violent deaths should be considered in the context of other
types of violent death faced by children in the United States. It is for this
reason that we stated that "school-associated violent deaths represent a small
fraction of all homicides and suicides that occur among school-aged children."
In fact, school-associated violent deaths represent less than 1% of all violent
deaths experienced by school-aged children, as noted in our study. Children
are at far greater risk of violent death at home or in the community than
they are at school. With this in mind, the US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) has made reducing deaths due to child maltreatment a
priority by supporting enhanced surveillance and prevention research.
Anderson M, Simon T, Hammond R, Kaufman J. Risk Factors for Violent Death in Children—Reply. JAMA. 2002;287(8):983-984. doi:10.1001/jama.287.8.983