American adolescents are no more violent than youths in Sweden, Portugal, Ireland or Israel, says an international study. But U.S. kids are more likely to die as a result of violence, possibly because they have easier access to guns.
Children 11 to 16 years old were asked how frequently they fought, were injured from fighting, carried a weapon or bullied schoolmates. Occasional fighting was common in all four countries; few students were injured or carried weapons. Bullying was most common in the U.S. and Israel with more than 40 percent of students saying they’d been bullied in the last school term; only 15 percent of Swedes said they’d been bullied.