New Report Puts Massachusetts Schools Among Lowest For Bullying
It's the kind of report you want to find your state's schools at the bottom of and for Massachusetts and Rhode Island that is exactly where they sit.
WalletHub looked into schools across the country with bullying problems and found that about 20% of school aged kids from 12-18 experienced bullying at one time or another.
Whether it was in person bullying, online bullying, physical violence or spreading rumors, bullying has become a huge issue in America's schools. Many states even stand to lose attendance-based funding due to students staying home just to avoid bullying.
So where does Massachusetts rank among schools with the biggest bullying problems?
WalletHub took the number of bullying incidents reported along with state bullying preventions laws and bullying impact on school attendance and learning to rank 48 of the 50 U.S. states.
According to their research, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are at the bottom of the rankings.
Yes, parents that is a good thing.
Ranking 47th and 46th respectively, means Massachusetts and Rhode Island have some of the fewest incidents of bullying in the country, some of the best laws to protect students and are the least impacted by bullying incidents within the schools.
This doesn't mean of course that bullying doesn't exist around here or doesn't happen at all, but for parental peace of mind, it's nice to know it happens a lot less in our local schools than most other states in the country.
In specific areas, Massachusetts was second lowest in the percentage of high school students bullied on school grounds, while Rhode Island ranked lowest overall in online bullying incidents.
Only Delaware schools ranked lower than Massachusetts and Rhode Island overall.
You can see the full results of from their survey here.
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