Trend between popularity & bullying in schools

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A new study published in the American Sociological Review on Tuesday morning suggests schools are missing the mark when it comes to recognizing who is being bullied and why.

Researchers say when adolescents become more popular, their risk of being bullied also increases.

This doesn't mean they are by any means the only victims, but researchers say bullying isn't that black and white.

The study says the top 5 percent or most popular students were rarely bullied at all. However, the students with 50 percent popularity or more were at a greater risk.

The study showed kids competing for popularity with their same social level led to severe taunting and gossiping.

Researchers are urging schools to include all students in anti-bullying programs and not just focus on one small group.

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