Bullying is a major problem in schools across the United States, and it’s only gotten worse as Social Media takes a greater role in the day to day lives of children and teenagers everywhere. To get a better understanding of Bullying in America, our research team examined bullying statistics across the USA to create this list of the Most Bullied States in America.[Important: If you are considering harming yourself, please visit this link or call 1-800-273-8255 to speak to someone who will listen].
Table of Contents
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Most Bullied States Map
- 3 Most Bullied States Ranking
- 4 Best and Worst States For…
- 5 Research Methodology
- 6 Sources Used for Research
- 7 For Further Reading and Research
Bullying presents a major problem for students – it’s not just about feelings:
- 22% of all students were bullied during the school year.
- Bullying Victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide, according to a Yale School of Medicine Study.
- In a study in the United Kingdom, 29% of bullied students self harmed themselves, 14% developed an eating disorder, and 12% ran away from home!
- Students who are bullied are at an increased risk for a huge range of problems, including:
- Sleeping problems
- Bullies themselves are at risk for violent behavior and substance abuse in the future.
Bullying has a real cost both on education and our pockets as taxpayers. A report by the National Education Association claims that over 160,000 children miss school every day because of fear of being bullied at school. The National Association of Secondary School Principals report that this lower attendance can cost up to 2.3 million dollars a year, per public school.
Most Bullied States Map
The Most Bullied States in America
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Most Bullied States Ranking
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Sufficient Data was not available from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Alaska and Washington D.C. Therefore, they are not ranked.
Best and Worst States For…
The BackgroundChecks.org Research team identified a number of core issues that impact bullying and bullying behavior:
- Bullying Occurrence Score – 50% of Total Score
- School Violence Score – 25% of Total Score
- Bullying Impact Score – 20% of Total Score
- State Bullying Laws – 5% of Total Score
Each of these primary metrics are made up of a number of different measurements. The higher the score, the worse Bullying issues faced in the state:
Bullying Occurrence Measurements
Physical Bullying Incident Rate: This measures amounts of physical bullying that students indicated had happened to them, while on school property.
Electronic (Cyber) Bullying Rate: How often were students cyber-bullied.
School Violence Measurements
Weapon Injury Rate: Rate of Injuries received from a weapon while at school.
School Fight Rate: Rate of involvement in fights at school.
Injury from Fight Rate: Rate of injury from those fights.
Fight on School Property Rate: Rate of fights at school.
Skipped School for Safety Rate: Rate of skipping school because they felt unsafe either at school or on the way there.
Bullying Impact Measurement
Sad or Hopeless Rate: How sad or hopeless students indicated they felt.
Suicide Planning, Attempts Rate: This is a combined measure of suicide attempts, thoughts of suicide, and suicide planning.
State Bullying Measurement
Does the State have laws for violence and bullying at school?
Do the State Laws Specifically address bullying or are they part of a broader framework?
Are Policies in place for bullying in public and private schools?
Sources Used for Research
- Center for Disease Control, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
- National Center for Education Statistics
- National Education Association
- Stop Bullying.Gov
- National Education Association
- The Cyberbullying Research Center
For Further Reading and Research