are enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12 th grade. 1 Another 15 million students attend colleges and universities across the country. 2 While U.S. schools remain relatively safe, any amount of violence is unacceptable. Parents, teachers, and administrators expect schools to be safe havens of learning. Acts of violence disrupt the learning process and have a negative effect on students, the school itself, and the broader community. School violence is a subset of youth violence, a broader public health problem. Youth violence refers to harmful behaviors that may start early and continue into young adulthood. It includes a variety of behaviors such as bullying, slapping, punching, weapon use, and rape. Victims can suffer serious injury, significant social and emotional damage, or even death. The young person can be a victim, an offender, or a witness to the violence—or a combination of these. Detailed information about youth violence is available online at www.cdc.gov/injury. What is the extent of school violence in the United States? The first step in preventing school violence is to understand the extent and nature of the problem. Th
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