Teen girls are cutting themselves in record numbers—and sometimes they are doing it with their friends!
A new study out of New Zealand found that nearly 22% of 13- to 16-year old girls surveyed admitted to cutting.
Dr. Shelly James at Massey University says although the number was shocking, that’s not really what caught her attention.
She says the common perception is that cutters are isolated, unpopular outcasts. But in reality, the cutters were just as likely to be among the most popular kids in school.
Her study also found that many girls had actually self-harmed in front of other people—or actually that girls had engaged in cutting together.
Dr. James says “Approximately 23% of self-harming kids had harmed in front of other people, and nearly 12% had actually harmed in conjunction with another person, so they had harmed together….that was staggering to me."
In other news, according to the Pew Research Center's latest poll, 52% of Americans now believe marijuana should be legal. It marks the first time a majority of those polled have been pro-pot.
Also, fewer and fewer Americans believe that smoking marijuana is a moral issue.
Today, just 32% believe it's morally wrong, compared with 50% just seven years ago.
So what does the bible say about using marijuana? Well, although it doesn’t specifically address it, it does command us to show self-control (Titus 1:8) and to “have a clear mind in every situation” (Timothy 4:5).
If you’re a parent and would like to get some solid facts on marijuana and your kids, go to drugfree.org.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.