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Study: Gay, bisexual kids bullied more, even at early age

Public school students in three cities were asked about bullying in the 5th, 7th and 10th grades. 4,300 students surveyed said they were bullied, especially at younger ages.
Public school students in three cities were asked about bullying in the 5th, 7th and 10th grades. 4,300 students surveyed said they were bullied, especially at younger ages.
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Gay and bisexual kids are more likely to be bullied as they're growing up — even at an early age. So says the first largest U.S. study to look at the problem.

Public school students in three cities were asked about bullying in the 5th, 7th and 10th grades.

Overall, many of the nearly 4,300 students surveyed said they were bullied, especially at younger ages. But the 630 gay and bisexual children suffered it more.

The pattern reflects what was reported in an earlier study of teens in England. The new study was published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The research drew from an ongoing study of health behaviors and health risks in Houston, Los Angeles, and Birmingham, Alabama.