Friday, November 2, 2012

Duval survey finds one of 12 armed in high school

Nearly one out of 12 Duval County high schoolers reported bringing a weapon to school and about 40 percent of students said they had at least one drink — both in the past 30 days, according to a survey conducted last year.
Those are some of the more dire findings from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, part of a national project that focuses on teenagers’ attitudes and experience with violence, sex, alcohol, drugs and suicide. Eating habits were also questioned.
More than 5,600 middle and high school students in 46 schools participated in the survey, part of a larger effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collect information on teen behavior.
Other key findings from the survey:
• Thirty-four percent of students said they’ve never consumed alcohol.
• Forty-six percent of high schoolers reported never having had sexual intercourse.
• Thirty-seven percent of high schoolers described themselves as sexually active.
• Of those, 58 percent reported having sex with a condom, compared to 65 percent statewide.

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