Pa. ranked 21st for biggest bullying problems in new study

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According to a new study from WalletHub, Pennsylvania ranked as the 21st worst state in the country for bullying impact and treatment and the 21st worst ranking overall for handling bullying in schools. The low impact and treatment ranking was based on certain key metrics, such as the student-to-counselor ratio and the share of high school students who were truant for fear of bullying or who had attempted suicide, among other statistics.

The study looked at data from 47 states and the District of Columbia. Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington were not included in the study due to data limitations. The data was compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bureau of Labor Statistics, StopBullying.gov, National Education Association, National Center for Education Statistics, National Conference of State Legislatures, Cyberbullying Research Center, and Psychology Today.

These rankings for Pennsylvania are in spite of the fact the commonwealth has the 13th lowest rate of bullying incidents in the country. The events taken into account either included physical violence or occurred on school property or over the internet.

Also of note is states lose millions of dollars in attendance funding if students are truant for fear of bullying. The cost for this in the commonwealth is the fifth highest in the country, behind only California, New York, Texas, and Illinois.

Pennsylvania ranked 26th in the country for the strength of its anti-bullying laws.

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