Bullied Teen Is Driven to Succeed

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"Aggression is kind of interwoven in the fabric of the social hierarchy. But at same time, most kids are not aggressive – they're bystanders," Faris said. "If we're going to intervene and create long lasting changes, rather than solely focusing on victims and bullies we should also be working with the kids who aren't involved, who might encourage or fail to discourage the act. If we can make them more attentive to and disapproving of aggression, there's a better chance of having long lasting effects."

Faris and colleagues are now studying where the victims tend to fall on the social ladder. He suspects that, like the bullies, they're somewhere in the middle.

"I think we're going to see more aggression among rivals rather than it being the strong dominating the weak," Faris said. "I think overall we're kind of expecting that social status will not just increase aggression, it will also increase victimization."

Beyond Being Bullied

Veach says he hopes his book will help teens look beyond the walls of high school to the exciting future ahead of them.

"I wish I had had a guidebook when I was being bullied," Veach said, adding that it can be hard to reach out for help when you're being bullied because you're embarrassed. "Now someone can see what I've done to get through the rough times."

In March, Veach will compete in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla. And since he turned 16 in December, he's finally licensed to drive a normal car too.

"I always want to inspire kids to do what they want to do and to not worry about whether they're going to be popular or not," Veach said. "Just surround yourself with good friends and keep moving forward."

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