Youth violence gone too far

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 6:37pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 6:37pm

Youth violence has gone too far in schools, but now it ties to violence in the home.

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention reports, youth violence is a public health crisis in the United States.

Bullying and harassment happens every day and it needs to be addressed at home and in schools.

The CDC reports says, approximately 20% of high school students report being bullied at school, and more than 30% report being in a physical fight.

More than 600,000 young people ages 10- 24 were treated in the emergency departments.

KETK spoke to Martha Carney, Client Services, at East Texas Crisis Center in Tyler about this occurring issue.

Carney tells KETK, youth violence starts in the home. In a home, there could be a family illness, divorce, and kids have no one to talk to so they take out their frustration on friends and classmates.

"Teen violence needs to be addressed on all levels in the schools in the homes in the churches, everywhere," says Martha Carney, Client Services.

"Kids can become bullies because out of frustration, kids don't know how to express their anger and something else may be happening in the home," says Martha Carney, Client Services.

In some cases bullying and harassment can leave long-lasting scars.

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