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Bullying Victims More Likely To Bring Weapons to School

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Adolescent students who are bullied are 31 times more likely to carry a weapon to school compared to those who haven't been victimized, according to new research.

In addition, an estimated 200,000 high school students who are bullied bring a gun or knife on campus, experts found. The research was presented Sunday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

"Victims of bullying who have been threatened, engaged in a fight, injured, or had property stolen or damaged are much more likely to carry a gun or knife to school," senior investigator Andrew Adesman said.

Adesman and his team analyzed data from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System in which students were asked if they had every been bullied in school and on how many days they carried a weapon. Research also looked into specific risk factors, such as whether teens felt unsafe.

Results indicated that 20 percent of high schoolers reported being victims of bullying, and those who were bullied were more likely to be in lower grades, female, and white.

"Tragedies like the Columbine High School massacre have alerted educators and the public to the grave potential for premeditated violence not just by bullies, but by their victims as well," said Adesman. "Our analysis of data collected by the CDC clearly identifies which victims of bullying are most likely to carry a gun or other weapon to school."

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