How Bad is Illinois’ Bullying Problem?
According to the CDC, 19% of students in grades 9-12 in the U.S. said they were bullied on school property in the previous 12 months. 14.9% of students surveyed said they were cyberbullied.
That research from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also states something pretty chilling:
In the next 7 minutes, a child in the U.S. will be bullied. It may be the son or daughter of someone you know. It may even be your own child. Meanwhile, 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.
Adding to the CDC report on bullying, personal-finance site WalletHub took a look at the numbers from 47 states and the District of Columbia to figure out which states have the biggest bullying problem.
Here's what WalletHub's analysts looked at to make their determinations:
In light of back-to-school season, WalletHub measured the prevalence and prevention of bullying in 47 states and the District of Columbia to help bring awareness to its harmful effects not only to America’s young people but also to society as a whole. We examined each state based on 20 key metrics, ranging from “bullying-incident rate” to “truancy costs for schools” to “share of high school students bullied online.”
As the WalletHub report points out, even our schools take a financial hit from bullying. According to a National Association of Secondary School Principals report, the average public school can incur more than $2.3 million in lost funding and expenses as a result of lower attendance and various types of disciplinary actions.
First, here are the 5 states with the biggest bullying problems:
Next, we move on to the 5 with the least amount of trouble:
As for Illinois, we're closer to the lower end of the bullying spectrum than the upper, but we've still got work to do. Illinois ranks #29.
Here's where some of our Midwestern neighbors land on the list:
- Wisconsin is #7
- Michigan is #9
- Iowa is #11
- Kentucky is #30
- Indiana is #36