Bullying is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Not only does bullying have a socioeconomic impact on our nation, it’s also causing many of our nation’s youth to cut their bright lives short. Unfortunately, some states are worse than others when it comes to handling bullying. If you’re planning a move but not sure where you want to go, you might want to reconsidering the places on this list if you’re already trying to deal with bullying.
What Is Bullying
Bullying is a form of intimidation that uses aggressive behavior and words in order to hurt another. Bullying is prevalent in schools, with students acting out against other students, causing fear and intimidation. Although the more traditional form of bullying is when a student uses physical force to cause harm, in the modern age, bullying can also be found online with students using words to ostracize others, causing emotional harm.
Which States are the Worst When it Comes to Handling Bullying?
Unfortunately, bullying can be found in any school around America. Some states have anti-bullying laws and policies in place, however, which helps to lessen the instances of aggression. Other states, unfortunately, have higher occurrences of bullying.
According to Wallet Hub, the top five states that are the worst when it comes to handling bullying are:
- North Dakota
These states had a combination of prevalence of bullying, with a high level of impact on the students being bullied overall. Montana, Missouri and Arkansas appeared in the top five lists of most high-school students bullied in school AND online. Maine and New Hampshire rounded out the list of states with the largest cyberbullying problem.
Interestingly, only Arkansas and Louisiana made the top 5 list of states where students skipped school because they didn’t feel safe. The list goes into details regarding other factors about the states that are the worst with bullying prevalence. But does this mean that they are the worst at handling bullying? Honestly, bullying laws are so new in so many states. Perhaps time will tell if these states can shape up and start handling bullying a bit better.
Why We Need to Stop Bullying
Bullying is something that needs to be stopped for many reasons. The survey on Wallet Hub measured the socioeconomic costs of bullying in the United States, but there are many personal costs as well. Students who are bullied are more likely to skip school, which can result in academic repercussions. Students who feel ostracized or intimated can also cause physical harm to themselves, sometimes resulting in death. No child deserves to feel this way, which is why these states need to do more to help prevent bullying.
Which state do you live in? Do you think they’re doing a good job at handling bullying, or do they need a bit more work on their policies and laws?