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April 25, 2001

The Need to Address Bullying—An Important Component of Violence Prevention

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, New England Medical Center, and Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health, Tufts University School of Medicine (Dr Spivak), and Division of Public Health Practice, Harvard School of Public Health (Dr Prothrow-Stith), Boston, Mass.

JAMA. 2001;285(16):2131-2132. doi:10.1001/jama.285.16.2131

Tragic, high-profile school shootings across the nation over the past several years illustrate that the youth violence epidemic has broadened in terms of age, geography, and sex to include all populations. The recent shootings in Williamsport, Pa (involving teenaged females as both victim and assailant), and Santee, Calif (involving a teenaged male assailant wounding or killing a dozen teenagers), have again raised a number of issues concerning early identification of violence risk factors and possible missed prevention opportunities.