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Report: 18 percent of NYC h.s. students bullied

NEW YORK (AP) -- Eighteen percent of New York City high school students reported being bullied at school or over the Internet in 2011.

That's according to a new health department report.

It found that 29 percent of gay students said they were bullied compared to 17 percent of heterosexual students.

It also found that bullying victims are 2.5 times more likely to attempt suicide. That's 15 percent compared to six percent of other students.

The report says the city's schools offer a number of anti-bullying initiatives.

A schools spokesman told the New York Post (http://bit.ly/1elrYMj ) that bullying among city high school students is 9 percentage points lower than the rest of the country.

He cited special training for teachers and the launch of a web site with resources for students, parents and teachers.