BAD GIRLS; WE Have Been Labelled One of the Most Violent Countries on the Planet. Now a Report Claims Scotland's Teenage Girls Are among the World's Worst When It Comes to Boozing and Fighting

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BAD GIRLS; WE Have Been Labelled One of the Most Violent Countries on the Planet. Now a Report Claims Scotland's Teenage Girls Are among the World's Worst When It Comes to Boozing and Fighting


Byline: By Brian McIver

SCOTTISH schoolgirls are among the most violent children in the world, according to a report.

The findings came from a United Nations study which looked at 35 developed countries.

It put Scots girls aged 11 to 15 in the top six for violent and aggressive behaviour - with almost a third being involved in at least one fight in the last 12 months.

English girls fared even worse in the table.

Drink, drugs and the booming ladette gang culture among teenage girls are being blamed for the rise in violence.

Glasgow-based psychology expert Dr Prem Misra said: "There is less discipline, less tolerance and less patience among young people than there was 30 or 40 years ago. And all these things lead to violence.

"But I do not think Scottish girls are any more violent than most countries around the world.

"It's a problem for all of the developed world and it is part of the culture we live in."

In September, a UN report labelled Scotland as the most violent country in the developed world, with 2000 people being attacked every year. Their latest report was compiled from evidence given by 161,000 11-15 year olds in 35 countries.

Scots girls were sixth in the table of violence, behind England, Belgium, Lithuania, Estonia and Hungary.

Of the Scots, 29 per cent had had a fight in the last year and 14 per cent admitted being involved in two or more incidents.

The report also indicated that 60 per cent of all boys in Britain had been in a fight in the last year.

Bill McGregor, general secretary of the Headteachers' Association of Scotland, said girls were catching up with boys in school fights.

He said: "My experience is that boys get involved with fights more than girls. …

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