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Where does Georgia Rank In the Nation for Bullying Severity?

Where do you think Georgia falls in the nation for prevalence of bullying?

Did you know that every seven minutes, a child is bullied?
Have you ever wondered where the Peach State falls for rankings in the nation when it comes to bullying?
Financial analysis website WalletHub recently conducted a study based on the statistics that “only four in 100 adults will intervene. And only 11 percent of the child’s peers might do the same. The rest — 85 percent — will do nothing.”
According to the CDC’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, 19% of students in grades 9-12 said they were bullied on school property in the previous 12 months. 14.9% of students surveyed said they were cyberbullied. Bullying takes many forms, and technological advances have opened new ways for bullies to hide behind anonymity, the financial website reports.
To identify the states where bullying is most pervasive, WalletHub’s analysts compared 47 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key metrics, ranging from “bullying-incident rate” to “truancy costs for schools” to “share of high school students bullied online.”
Georgia came in at No. 18 in the nation when it comes to bullying problems. The state also ranked 25th for anti-bullying laws and 16th for bullying treatment and prevention.
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Photo: WalletHub

The Top 10 States with Bullying Problems:
  1. Louisiana
  2. Arkansas
  3. Missouri
  4. Idaho
  5. Alaska
  6. North Dakota
  7. Wisconsin
  8. West Virginia
  9. Michigan
  10. Wyoming
The Bottom 10 States with Bullying Problems:
39. Nevada
40. Kansas
41. Florida
42. California
43. District of Columbia
44. Colorado
45. Virginia
46. Deleware
47. Vermont
48. Massachusetts
A few other findings:
  • The District of Columbia has the lowest share of high school students bullied on school property, 11.50 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in Arkansas, where the percentage is highest, 26.70 percent.
  • The District of Columbia has the lowest share of high school students bullied online, 8.90 percent, which is 2.4 times lower than in Louisiana, where the percentage is highest, 21.20 percent.
  • Kansas has the lowest share of high school students involved in a physical fight on school property, 4.6 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where the percentage is highest, 15.5 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest share of high school students who missed school because they felt unsafe at school, 4.5 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in New Mexico, where the percentage is highest, 11.8 percent.

You can learn more about the study here.

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com.

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