Louisiana Ranked 2nd Worst State at Controlling Bullying
According to a new study conducted by personal finance social network WalletHub, Louisiana ranks 2nd worst when it comes to controlling bullying.
The study shows more than 160,000 children are missing school every day in the U.S. out of fear of being bullied. WalletHub analyzed 42 states and the District of Columbia across nine key metrics, ranging from bullying incident rates online and on school property, to the cost of truancy for schools.
Here were Louisiana's stats:
The Bullying Problem in Louisiana (1=Lowest, 21=Avg.):
33rd - % of High School Students Bullied on School Property
26th - % of High School Students Bullied Online
33rd - % of High School Students Involved in Physical Fight at School
40th - % of High School Students Who Missed School Out of Fear of Being Bullied
39th - % of High School Students Who Attempted Suicide
26th - Cost of Truancy for Schools as a Result of Bullying
The top five best states for controlling bullying were Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Louisiana ranked just ahead of Arkansas on the list.
February 9th, by the way, is Stop Bullying Day. I'm working to find out if any of our local schools will have special events scheduled that day.
In the meantime, I did discuss this very important issue with Bossier Schools Security Director Danny Dison back on September 18, 2014. Listen to what he had to say...