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Does bullying have long term effects on kids?

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

A new study suggests that bullying may not only lead to suicide but long term mental health issues. Researchers followed more than 4000 students in several states.

They concluded that students who endured repeated bullying were more likely to develop psychological health problems that psychologists say can get worse over time.

"It starts with you can't come to my birthday party if you don't give me that toy, when you get closer to middle school, it becomes spreading a rumor about someone and their activities, and then today with the cyber bullying people are able to spread those rumors on the internet," said Mosaic child psychologist Twyla Mancil.

Researchers say the study shows the importance of intervening early to stop bullying.

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