Becoming more popular doesn't exempt teens from being bullied

04/1/2014 | USA Today · TIME (subscription required)

Among eighth, ninth- and 10th-graders in the middle of the school social hierarchy, reaching the 95th percentile of the social ladder increased their risk of being victims of bullying by more than 25%, according to a study in the journal American Sociological Review. The top 5% of the popular teens were the only ones immune to victimization most of the time "because they are out of reach and have no rivals," study author Robert Faris said.

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