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Students with a behavioral, emotional, or developmental disability are at a greater risk for bullying – in fact, according to a study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics (2006), the rate is about twice as high as typical kids.

In our state of Delaware, public school enrollment of students with disabilities has averaged around 14 percent. As many as 25 percent of all reported bullying incidents involved students with disabilities or special needs. Prevention efforts, with particular attention to kids at higher risk, have been a public health priority for the state.

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