The cases of child abuse increased after the release of report cards this Friday, suggests a research. In Florida, this finding has shocked the researchers, who found that this abuse may increase regardless of that specific day when the kids received their grades. The child abuse cases included burns, broken bones and other kind of confirmed abuse. The increase was suddenly seen on Saturday after distribution of the report cards on Friday. Thought the overall rates seem lesser, almost 4 times additional cases were found on that Saturday than any other Saturdays before this. There was no connection between the abuse and report cards on any other day of this week.
Many of the parents may spank their kids or would punish them if they are unsatisfied with the performance, said the psychologist of Florida University and lead author, Melissa Bright. This punishment may turn abusive as the kids don’t have school on the other day of their results, and their parents think that the injuries may vanish or it may go unnoticed by their teachers, said the researchers. So the teachers must report such abuse cases, Bright said. This research was published during JAMA Pediatrics on Monday.
The researchers have reviewed such calls to hotline for child abuse the release dates of report cards in many counties from Florida during the year 2015-16 academic year. And nearly about 2000 cases of such physical abuse of children ranging between 5-11 years of age have been confirmed by the authorities of child welfare. In Florida, having a school going population of only 3 millions, this could be totaled to nineteen cases due to report cards abuse as compared to five on rest of the Saturdays, said the researchers. Another team of experts noted some limitations in the study, saying that not all the kids were abused due to lesser grades in their report cards.