Bullying used to be a silent epidemic in America, but today we have sobering statistics that showcase just how serious the problem is.
Nine out of 10 students in fourth through eighth grade report being victims of bullying. Suicide is the leading cause of death among children under 14, and suicide rates among 10- to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the past three decades, according to National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment.
In light of Suicide Awareness Month and back-to-school season, WalletHub analysts studied the prevalence and prevention of bullying in 45 states and the District of Columbia. They gave each state points based on 17 metrics, including “bullying incidence rate,” “truancy costs for schools” and “percentage of high school students bullied online.”
Here are the top 10 states, ranked from the least biggest problems to the biggest problems with bullying, along with bullying statistics that may surprise you.