Alice ISD fifth and sixth grade students traveled to the Alice High School Friday for a presentation of self-harming.

Dr. So Nia Gilkey, director of social work program at Texas A&M University Kingsville, spoke about a self-harming trend among adolescents.

Self-harm, according to Dr. Gilkey, is self-inflicted harm resulting in tissue damage without the conscious intent of suicide such as cutting, burning and hair pulling.

The presentation focused on feeling and the importance of knowing why they feel the way they do. According to Dr. Gilkey, self-harming is seen in boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 14.

She gave other statics such as 1 in 5 girls participating in the behavior and how the behavior has increased in young teens since 2000.

Dr. Gilkey told the students that anyone who self-harms needs help and should get the proper treatment.