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WalletHub: 2015's Best & Worst States at Controlling Bullying

WalletHub: 2015's Best & Worst States at Controlling Bullying

In honor of Stop Bullying Day on February 9, the site Wallet Hub has conducted a analysis of 2015's Best & Worst States at Controlling Bullying. 

"Every day in America, more than 160,000 children miss school out of fear of being bullied, according to National Education Association estimates," said its official website. "Bullying takes many forms, ranging from the seemingly innocuous name-calling to the more harmful cyberbullying to severe physical violence. It happens everywhere, at all times to the most vulnerable of kids, especially those who are obese, gay or have a disability."

According to a press release, "to identify the areas of the U.S. where bullying is most pervasive, WalletHub analyzed 42 states and the District of Columbia across nine key metrics, ranging from bullying incident rates online and on school property to the cost of truancy [lower attendance] for schools."

Here are the best states at controlling bullying:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Delaware
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Nebraska
  7. New Mexico
  8. Kentucky
  9. North Carolina
  10. Florida

Here are the worst states at controlling bullying:

  1. Idaho
  2. Arizona
  3. Michigan
  4. Illinois
  5. Tennessee
  6. North Dakota
  7. Montana
  8. Missouri
  9. Louisiana
  10. Arkansas

According to the press release, here are some key stats taken from the study:

  • The percentage of high school students who were bullied on school property is two times higher in Montana than in the District of Columbia.
  • The percentage of high school students who were bullied online is three times higher in Maine than in the District of Columbia.
  • The percentage of high school students involved in a physical fight on school property is three times higher in the District of Columbia than in Massachusetts.
  • The percentage of high school students who missed school out of fear of being bullied is four times higher in Louisiana than in Massachusetts.
  • The percentage of high school students who attempted suicide is three times higher in Rhode Island than in Massachusetts.
  • The cost of truancy for schools as a result of bullying is sixty times higher in New York than in North Dakota.

Click here to read the full study.

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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