When it comes to school bullying, Alabama fails the test

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In the next seven minutes, a child in the U.S. will be bullied. Meanwhile, only 11 percent of the child’s peers will stop and intervene. Worse, only four in 100 adults might do the same. Most do nothing.

According to the National Education Association, more than 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear of being bullied, which is why — as back-to-school season is upon us — personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s States with the Biggest Bullying Problems.

Turns out, Alabama is among the Top 10 states with the worst bullying problems, having the eighth-worst bullying ranking in America.

Bullying prevalence and prevention in Alabama (1=Biggest, 23=Avg.):

  • 7th: percentage of high school students involved in physical fight at school
  • 10th: percentage of high school students who missed school out of fear of being bullied
  • 5th: percentage of high school students who attempted suicide
  • 24th: Cost of truancy for schools due to bullying
  • 22nd: Student-to-counselor ratio
  • 10th: State anti-bullying laws and policies
  • 2nd: State anti-cyberbullying laws requiring school policy

In order to identify the states with the biggest bullying problems, WalletHub’s analysts compared 45 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) bullying prevalence, 2) bullying impact and treatment and 3) anti-bullying laws, across 17 key metrics, ranging from “bullying-incident rate” to “truancy costs for schools” to “percentage of high school students bullied online.”

Here’s a look at how the rest of the country compares to Alabama:

Source: WalletHub
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