...the phenomena of high school aggression is far more complex than the old model of maladjusted teen lashing out at an easy, weaker target. Most school aggression, rather, is an attempt by teens to improve their social status and occurs within their own social spheres....A possible strategy for addressing the problem:
...the more kids care about being popular, the more aggressive they are. Further, regardless of how much they care about status, if they have friends who care about being popular, they will be more likely to be aggressive.
Harnessing the potential goodwill of the most popular and the least popular kids in school, it would seem, could be the key to lessening the power of adolescent aggression