Galveston County Daily News, March 28, 2007 By Sally Robinson and Keith Bly Bullying is not new in public and private schools. Arriving students have always suffered a temporary pariah status upon entering a different school. Big kids have long insulted, abused and in other ways lorded it over the smallest students. The clique that runs the school uses various forms of verbal abuse to ridicule those who are different. Recent studies, though - one in Maine and another by the Department of Health and Human Services - found that there is a strong association between bullying or being bullied and four violence-related behaviors - carrying a weapon, carrying a weapon in school, frequent fighting and being injured in a fight.