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What if my child was injured through violence at school?

If you are a parent with school-aged children, you probably already understand that things are much different now than they were when you were going to school. Paying any attention at all to the media has probably shown you that the youth of today seem to be more exposed to violence than were the children of yesterday. Naturally, this causes parents to worry about their kids when they are away from home.

Child injuries obtained through violence pose additional concerns beyond physical damage alone. School violence can also cause emotional harm and may cause children to be fearful about going to school. In turn, this can have negative consequences on a child's learning capacity. Statistics provided by government and educational organizations reveal that school violence is a very real problem in the nation.

-- 31 children from five to 18 years of age were killed at school in the 2012-2013 school year. These deaths are classified as homicides.

-- Nearly eight percent of students in grades 9-12 reported fighting on school property.

-- Almost six percent of students reported missing school because they were afraid.

-- Six percent of students reported being injured with a weapon or threatened on school property.

-- 20 percent of students said they were the victim of school bullying.

-- A further 15.5 percent of students said they had been bullied electronically.

Regarding any legal action you could take if child injuries due to violence occurred on school property, it is difficult to provide an absolute answer. The best advice is to talk with a personal injury lawyer about the specifics of your case. This will allow the attorney to determine if you have sufficient grounds to pursue action against a Texas school district or any individual parties for your child's injuries.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Understanding School Violence," accessed Aug. 23, 2016

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