WalletHub released a study today on where the biggest bullying problems exist across the nation. The study used 17 key metrics to find out where bullying is most pervasive and destructive among 45 states and the District of Columbia. Using grim metrics like the “percentage of high school students bullied online” and the “percent of students who committed suicide,” WalletHub ranked states based on a number of criteria.
A child is bullied every seven seconds, and more than 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of being bullied, according to the National Education Association.
Notably, Massachusetts was ranked as the state with the least pervasive bullying problem.
At 5.88 percent, Vermont has the lowest percentage of high school students who attempted suicide. That’s 2.2 times lower than in Louisiana, where a startling 13.10 percent of high school students have attempted suicide.
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Though New York State was not on either the best or worst lists, its students are by no means immune from bullying. Just last Thursday a 13-year-old Staten Island boy killed himself after enduring relentless bullying and harassment at school. In a heartbreaking suicide note, the boy, Danny Fitzpatrick, wrote about how his teachers did little to protect him from the ongoing abuse.
Top 10 states with bullying problems
3. West Virginia
9. South Carolina
Bottom 10 states with bullying problem
42. Rhode Island
43. District of Columbia
45. North Carolina