Risky Behavior Study Released

Lynchburg, VA - The results are in: The Lynchburg Health Department, with city schools, studied risky behavior among school-aged kids and found not much has changed since the last survey three years ago.

The survey showed there was no subsantial decline in tobacco use, and by high school age, half reported having an alcoholic drink.

The survey is done every three years in 6th, 9th and 12th grades.Of course, students in those grades have very different life experiences, so two different surveys are used - one for High School, one for Middle School.

But, one thing did stand out to researchers:{}"As far as intentional violence in school, injury, fighting in school, carrying weapons, or being assaulted with a weapon at school, those numbers have decreased significantly from 2008 to 2012," said Dr. Kerry Gateley, health director, Central VA Health Department.


Students took the survey winter 2012. It started in 1999.