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    Maybe a factor is that in urban areas wealthier people are the ones who pay for swimming lessons? It would be interesting to know how drowning/swimming ability correlates with income.
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    This has been studied before. Several years ago the study looked at news accounts, and witness accounts of the drowning. The study found that white kids who didn't know how to swim stayed in the shallow end of the pool or even avoided pools altogether. Black kids who didn't know how to swim were far more likely to dive into the deep end to show off. This accounted for about half the difference in the rates of drowning.
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    ignorance? I dunno, its up to them I guess, to not teach your kids how to swim cause you cant? that's just childish
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    I was shocked that the mother of 3 just stood on the bank and watched her children drown! I can swim, but even if I could not I would have died trying save my children. What is wrong with those adults that just stood there and watched this happen?
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    Margaret Boehm, Politix Staff Writer
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    Drowning is one of the leading causes of deaths of all children under the age of 12, would be interesting to look into the racial breakdown of that statistic. So sad.
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    I think it's clear that it's something that needs to be fixed. We should start providing service based scholarships to young people who go into these neighborhoods and teach swimming lessons to young children. Overtime this will make the population more likely to Engadge in these physical activities which can lead to better overall health.
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