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Cutting at Schools

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The best resource available on the What, Who, and Why of self-mutilation at day and boarding schools. Ten principles of care will serve as the foundation for your school’s policy on responding to students who cut. Includes four provocative case studies for discussion, along with questions for thought.


Blood inside our bodies is our life force, but outside our bodies is a sign of injury. Therefore, we can be shocked to see a person self-mutilate, despite being desensitized by gratuitous bloodletting in movies, books, and video games. At school, such behavior is particularly provocative. Here are facts, insights, and recommendations for responding to this sign of distress. (Sources: Cutting by Levinkron; A Bright Red Scream by Strong)

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