(undated) -- A recent study shows an anti-bullying program in a handful of the state's schools is working. The bullying prevention program funded by the Highmark Foundation is reaching about 13 percent of the commonwealth's public schools. Dr. Sue Limber of Clemson University's Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life says bullying can cause issues for victims of bullying, as well as bullies themselves. "The research has found that bullying can seriously affect the social, emotional, physical and academic wellbeing of children. We also worry about children who chronically bully their peers, as research has shown that these children are at rick for a variety of negative outcomes," Limber says. Researchers say they've seen about a 30 percent decrease in verbal and physical bullying, as well as social exclusion, rumor spreading and cyber bullying at schools within the program. Bullying has become more of a concern in midstate schools, after a least two students in the region committed suicide after being buliled.
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