CMS survey: Middle school can be scary –

Middle school is a scary place for a significant number of Charlotte-Mecklenburg students, while high-school students are less likely to report fear and bullying at school, a just-released survey of youth risk behaviors shows.

Every two years, health officials poll students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools about violence, bullying, drinking, drugs, depression and other activities that put them at risk. The 2009 survey was the third given in high schools, and some positive trends emerged: drops in binge drinking, cigarette smoking, weapon carrying and early sexual activity.

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