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Gosselin Kids Expelled from School: Why?

Kate Gosselin with her children, Alexis, Leah, Aiden, Collin, Joel, Madelyn, Hannah and Cara. (AP Photo/TLC) AP Photo/TLC

(CBS) What's the solution to the math problem "Kate Plus Eight?"

Could it be "rage?"

In Touch magazine is reporting that six-year-old Collin and Alexis Gosselin, two of the famous sextuplets of reality stars Kate and Jon Gosselin, were expelled from school in Pennsylvania, according to the New York Post

The children "fought with their peers, called them nasty names and made fun of other kids," a source close to the family told the magazine.  "The things they are saying are not words they should know."

Maybe that's not surprising, given the acrimony that reportedly has existed between the children's now-divorced parents.

And Collin and Alexis may not be the only members of the famous brood having a hard time. Other young Gosselins have experienced "rage issues" linked to filming of their reality series, the magazine reported.

Last month Jon Gosselin tweeted: "I will not stop fighting to remove my children from television. It is not a child's job to support themselves, or a lifestyle, they need to be kids," according to the Kansas City Star.

He may be on to something, experts say.

"Being on reality TV, experiencing their parent's divorce, being exposed to social criticisms and still being expected to function - it's a lot to expect," says Dr. Leah Lagos, a psychotherapist in private practice in New York and New Jersey.

Of course, kids are resilient. "The key is making sure that they are given the coping skills needed to deal with the stressors," she says.

If they haven't gotten it already, Lagos says, the Gosselin children might benefit from psychotherapy to help them understand their hostility - and learn ways to cope with it..

Says Lagos, "A six-year-old does not posses innate emotional coping skills."


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