1993 CDC Study: Teen Gun Deaths Hit New High *S* MN Children Youth and Family Consortium Electronic Clearinghouse. Permission is granted to create and distribute copies of this document for non-commercial purposes provided that the author and MN CYFCEC receive acknowledgement and this notice is included. Phone: 612/626/9582 EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily Report Card News Service Thursday March 25, 1993 Vol. 2 No. 195 THE NATIONAL UPDATE ON AMERICA'S EDUCATION GOALS An APN publication, supported by The Annie E. Casey Foundation (c) 1993 by the American Political Network, Inc. Center for Disease Control STUDY: TEEN GUN DEATHS HIT NEW HIGH U.S. teens are killing each other with guns at the highest rate since the government began recording the deaths 30 years ago, a new study shows (multi.). Almost 4,200 youths ages 15 to 19 were killed by guns in 1990, or about 11 every day. Lois Fingerhut, an epidemiologist for the National Center for Health Statistics: "These are just the deaths. We're not talking about the kids who are shot and don't die." (Scanlan, PHILA. INQUIRER) The study, which was done by the federal Centers for Disease Control, also shows that 25% of all deaths between ages 15 and 24 were the result of shootings. And 39% more teens die from gunshots than from disease. And while the primary cause of death for black males ages 10 to 34 was guns, the death rate among white teens is increasing the most rapidly, according to USA TODAY (Davis). Paul Blackman, research coordinator for the National Rifle Association said: "Those who do their homework, go to church on Sunday, have proper family upbringing aren't being shot in any particularly different numbers ... the rise is among those involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activity." (Scanlan, PHILA. INQUIRER) But the newspaper adds: "That view contrasts sharply" with a Va. woman's, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed "after a series of quarrels with an Eagle Scout." The woman, Byrl Phillips-Taylor said: "There is a misconception by the general population that murder happens to others, that the kind of violence that turns into murder is only by people doing drugs or one race against another ... The truth is ... it can happen to your child as easily as it happened to mine." (all cites 3/24) SEXUAL HARASSMENT STUDY: SCHOOLGIRLS FACE MORE THAN TEASING Girls face "ongoing" sexual harassment by male students, according to a study by the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College and the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund (Manning, USA TODAY). The study was based on 4,200 responses of girls ages 9 to 19 to a tear-out questionnaire in the September 1992 issue of "SEVENTEEN" magazine. Researchers analyzed findings from a random sampling of "about half of those who responded," reports the W.S. JOURNAL. The study does not provide "a scientific look at the prevalence of harassment in schools," writes the BOSTON GLOBE. Findings of "Secrets in Public" showed that "39% [of the girls] reported being harassed at school every day last year," with another 29% being harassed once a week, writes USA TODAY. Four percent said they were harassed by teachers, administrators or school staff. The paper writes that 89% of the respondents reported sexual comments or gestures, while 83% said they were touched or grabbed. But girls "are not suffering the sexual harassment in silence," reports the GLOBE. The newspaper writes: "Of the 2,000 randomly selected responses that Wellesley researchers analyzed, more than three-quarters of the girls said they told somebody about the harassment." But when girls told school officials that they had been harassed, the "school did nothing in 45% of the cases," writes the paper. "The scariest finding is that so much of it goes on in public," said Nan Stein, an author of the study and an expert in peer sexual harassment, according to the DALLAS MORNING NEWS (Lewis). A poll scheduled to be released in June by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, "will measure the scope of the problem," writes the GLOBE (3/24). .