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State Study Finds Link Between Bullying And Domestic Violence

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BOSTON (AP) — A new study has found that one out of every four middle school students in Massachusetts has endured bullying at school.

The study by the state Public Health Department and released Thursday also found that 16 percent of high school students reported being bullied.

The study of about 6,000 students in 138 public schools was conducted in 2009.

The report found a link between bullying and violence in the home. Students who said they had been involved in bullying, either as perpetrator or victim, were five times more likely to report they had been hurt physically by a family member.

State Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach tells The Boston Globe the findings will help his agency train counselors and educators to better pinpoint and deal with bullying.

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