Study finds bullies are the bullied too http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/aug/29/bullying.schools A study from 2008. Focusing on information collected from 6,500 eight- to 11-year-olds, researchers found that 5% of children were bullies, but only 0.5% were "true" bullies, while 4.5% were bullied themselves. Not surprised that most bullies are bullied themselves. The majority (74%) of bullies were found to be boys, who suffered the highest levels of depression, anger, paranoia, emotional disaffection and suicidal behaviour, and disliked school the most. Anyone surprised by this? The researchers argued that this absence of "true" bullies could be down to the social environment of primary schools, where children have less tolerance for power imbalances. They suggest that more of these bullies could be found in secondary schools, not examined in the study, as social arrangements are more hierarchical and power balances less equal.