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Heartland states rank in top 25 for biggest bullying problems

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In the next 7 minutes a child in the U.S. will be bullied. However, some states have a bigger bullying problem than others.

WalletHub analyzed several metrics to measure the prevalence and prevention of bullying in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Heartland states all rank within the top 25 states with the biggest bullying problem.

Overall, Kentucky ranked 17, Missouri at 21 and Illinois came in at 23.

A closer look

The National Education Associaiton reports more than 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear of being bullied.

Bullying can take many forms. It can be as simple as name-calling to more harmful cyberbullying to severe physical violence. 

Incidents of bullying happen everywhere.

However, kids who are obese, gay or have a disability are typically more vulnerable.

Schools are also impacted financially by bullying. 

In a report from the National Association of Secondary school Principals report, the average public school can incur more than $2.3 million in lost funding and expenses because of lower attendance and various types of disciplinary actions.



Missouri ranks number 21 overall when it comes to a "bullying problem".

According to WalletHub, Missouri sees the most bullying cases out of the Heartland states. It was ranked at number 8 for prevalence of bullying.

However, the state does require every school district to have an anti-bullying policy by law. This law should cover cyberbullying.

It also requires the policy include a consequence for bullying.


Illinois came in at 23 on WalletHub's list of states with the biggest bullying problem.

WalletHub ranks the state at number 4 for the highest cost of truancy for schools due to bullying. The state is also number 3 for bullying impact.

By law, bullying in Illinois schools is explicitly prohibited.

Each school should have a policy to deal with bullying. The policy should includes the interventions that can be taken to address bullying, which may include, but are not limited to, school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services, and community-based services. 


WalletHub ranks Kentucky at number 17 for its bullying problem.

Out of all 45 states WalletHub compared, Kentucky came in at number 12 for its bullying prevalence.

Kentucky requires by law that “Schools shall reduce physical and mental health barriers to learning.” Any bullying for any reason by other students is covered by the 2008 Kentucky General Assembly’s “Golden Rule Bill” or “Bullying Bill”. This law requires certain actions by school administrators when bullying takes place. 

Furthermore, Kentucky gives schools the authority to remove the students from the school setting if those students are found to present a threat to the welfare or safety of other students or the staff.

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