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Bullying Behavior

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Apparently, some adults don't believe that all bullying should be taken seriously and it doesn't always call for school leaders to get involved.

A new nationwide survey revealed this mentality among more than 2,100 people ages 18 and older.

Researchers at University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children's Hospital found that 90% of respondents said that threatening another student's physical safety is bullying, 62% said embarrassing or humiliating a student is bullying, 59% said spreading rumors about a student is bullying and 48% said isolating a student socially is bullying.

Between 76% and 95% believed the school should intervene in most bullying behaviors.

But only 56% of respondents said schools should take action when students socially isolate a peer.

This concerns pediatricians who say isolating a student socially may be linked to episodes of school violence and also teen suicide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 20% of high school students report that they have been the victims of bullying.