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WASHINGTON — Fewer students say they are being bullied at school, according to a new federal study. Those who are bullied are more likely to be girls than boys and more likely to be white than minority students.

The Education Department announced survey results Friday that found 22 percent of students age 12 to 18 said they were bullied in 2013. The figure, down 6 percentage points from 2011, is the lowest level since the National Center for Education Statistics began surveying students in 2005.

Bullying has spread from school hallways to social media, raising awareness in recent years of what was once largely an underground issue.


Among the survey findings: 24 percent of girls said they were bullied, compared with 20 percent of boys; and a higher percentage of white students — 24 percent — said they were bullied than black, Hispanic, or Asian students.

Associated Press