Michigan ranks no. 1 for states with biggest bullying problems

Posted at 1:23 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 13:25:43-04

In the U.S., over 160,000 children stay home from school every day because they are afraid of being bullied. Every seven minutes, a child is bullied and only one in four adults will intervene. 

In school, children are often bullied to their face, behind their backs or online. Bullying can result in low self-esteem, physical violence and even suicide. 

According to Wallethub those involved in bullying, whether the bully or the victim, have a higher risk of academic failure, poverty in the future, unemployment, abuse of drugs and alcohol and crime committment. 

Out of 46 states in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Michigan ranks number one for having the biggest bullying problems in 2016. The study conducted by Wallethub measured bullying prevalence, impact and treatment and anti-bulling laws per state. 

Michigan has a total score of 60.18 percent, followed by Louisiana with 59.43 percent. The state with the least bullying problems is Massachusetts, with a total score of 23.33 percent. 

According to the study, Michigan ranks in the top five for states with the most students bullied on high school property and the highest percentage of high school students bullied online. 

To learn more about the study, visit