Violence at school unforgettable lesson: UNICEF

Violence at school unforgettable lesson: UNICEF

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United Nations, Sep 7: Around 150 million school children aged 13-15 are the victims of violence from their peers, says a new report from the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

The study published on Thursday, measures the number of students who report having been bullied over the period of a month, or involved in a physical fight during the previous year, and shows that for many young people, the school environment is not a safe place, but a danger zone where they have to learn in fear.

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, says that these incidents have a negative impact on students’ education and well-being, whether they live in rich or poor countries: "Every day, students face multiple dangers, including fighting, pressure to join gangs, bullying – both in person and online – violent discipline, sexual harassment and armed violence,” she said, adding that: “In the long-term it can lead to depression, anxiety and even suicide. Violence is an unforgettable lesson that no child needs to learn.” (UNI)