Are the popular kids impervious to bullying?

Are the popular kids impervious to bullying?

By Stella Inger. CREATED Apr 2, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The popular kids are often cast as the bullies in pop culture.

But here's a surprise, being popular may actually make you the target.

A new study finds that climbing the social ladder at school can increase the risk of being bullied.

University of California-Davis researchers say teens in the middle of the school social hierarchy who "moved up" in the popularity ranks were 25% more likely to be bullied.

But there was a payoff for the long "climb up" in social status.

Researchers discovered that once teens reached the top, they were practically bully proof.

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Stella Inger anchors the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 PM news with Guy Atchley. When not working, Stella loves to volunteer in her community. She enjoys working with children and helping homeless animals find loving homes.