ATLANTA - A new study based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says thousands of kids who say they're the victims of bullying are bringing some kind of weapon to school.
The report analyzes a detailed survey of 15,000 high school students who were asked questions about bullying. The survey, conducted by the CDC, found that 20 percent of those high school students reported being victims of bullying within the last 12 months.
Out of that number, an estimated 250,000 bullying victims were carrying guns, knives or clubs to school within the last 30 days of the survey being conducted.
Four risk factors were used to determine if any combination made bringing a weapon to school more likely: not going to school due to feeling unsafe in school or on the way to school, having property stolen or damaged, being threatened or injured with a weapon and being in a physical fight.
The study showed that bullying victims were more likely to be from lower grades, female and white.