Some unsettling statistics for Children’s Sabbath
Today our church observed Children’s Sabbath – a special day set aside to recognize the challenges facing young people in the United States. Here are some of the statistics that were shared with the congregation.
- Every 8 seconds during the school year a public high school student drops out.
- Every 17 seconds a child is arrested.
- Every 19 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.
- Every 29 seconds a baby is born into poverty.
- Every 47 seconds a child is abused or neglected.
- Every 67 seconds a baby is born without health insurance.
- Every 85 seconds a baby is born to a teen mother.
- Every 2 minutes a baby is born at low birthweight.
- Every 3 minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.
- Every 6 minutes a child is arrested for a violent offense.
- Every 21 minutes a baby dies before his or her first birthday.
- Every hour and a half a child or teen dies from an accident.
- Every 3 hours a child or teen is killed by a firearm.
- Every 5-and-a-half hours a child is killed by abuse or neglect.
- Every 8 hours a child or teen commits suicide.
- Every 10 hours a baby’s mother dies due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth.
Let’s not pretend we are all born on equal footing with the same chances for survival and prosperity as our peers. For some, the cards are already stacked against them.