Beware of the In Crowd

A new report suggests that identifying the schoolyard bully may not always be so easy

It's possible that all these years we've been blaming the wrong kids for stealing our milk money. The image of the schoolyard bully as a disaffected social outcast or a hulking denizen of shop class is a familiar one and a staple of teenage lore. But as researchers and teachers grow increasingly sensitive to the issue of school violence, they are studying bullying more closely and finding that the stereotypes are often misleading.

In fact, bullies are likely to be among the most popular kids in school, admired by peers and teachers alike, according to a report presented last week at...

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