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Military Brats See More Violence, Drugs at School: Study



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    A bin filled with bears waiting to be stuffed, and donated to children who have a deployed military parent, Saturday, May 15, 2004, at Build-A-Bear Workshop in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Stephanie S. Cordle)

    Kids from military families are more likely to say they're bullied at school, that they've tried alcohol, carried a weapon or been in a fight, a new study shows.

    Researchers found that military brats (and they do prefer that term) were 50 percent more likely to be involved in violence, 40 percent more likely than civilian kids to be harassed and 90 percent more likely to admit to carrying a weapon.

    "They fall into a pattern of what looks like being bullied or being isolated," Ron Avi Aston at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, who oversaw the study, told NBC News.

    Especially in the past 15 years, their families have often been forced to endure long, stressful separations as one or more parents are repeatedly deployed in war zones including Iraq and Afghanistan.