Common perception of bullies may be wrong

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The Independent Online
The common perception of bullies as unpopular oafs lacking intelligence and social skills may be wrong and dangerous, according to research reported at the conference yesterday.

Bullies are often popular and manipulative masters of the social situation, said psychologist Jon Sutton and Professor Peter Smith of Goldsmith's College, London University, who interviewed around 200 children aged seven to 10.

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