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1 IN 3 VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE FEELS ALIENATED FROM ADULTS

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One in three American students believes teachers seldom give them personal attention, and nearly half of those who have been victims of violence think adults don't understand their problems, according to a nationwide study on violence in public schools.

"Students who have been victims of violence or have been physically hurt while in or around school universally believe that teachers sometimes treat them like numbers," says the survey conducted by Louis Harris and Associates Inc.The results were released Wednesday at a forum cosponsored by MetLife, which commissioned the survey, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Workforce Preparation.

"The chamber recognizes that education delivered without the threat of violence is essential to future economic prosperity," said Rae Nelson, executive director of the center.

More than 1,000 parents and 2,500 students were interviewed by telephone in a one-month period beginning in April.

"A majority of students have never been victims of violence and have never been physically hurt while in or around school," the survey report said. But, it said, a substantial number have.

"In the past month, a sizable proportion of public school students have had personal experiences with angry scenes or confrontations (44 percent), and physical fights (24 percent)," the report said.

"Students who do not achieve in school and those who have been victims of violent incidents at some time in their school life are more frequently involved in all types of confrontational behavior."

In that month, 5 percent of all students surveyed said they had been threatened at least once with a gun and 7 percent with a knife. Among students with mostly A's and B's, 4 percent had been threatened with a gun and 3 percent with a knife.