WEST VIRGINIA, WV (WOAY) – A new report from the personal finance website WalletHub ranks different states on bullying in schools.
The report ranks 47 states and the District of Columbia on 20 different factors. According to the report, West Virginia ranks as ninth worst in the nation when it comes to bullying.
An analyst with the website says that cyberbullying has especially been on the rise, and has been somewhat worse because of remote school.
“Cyberbullying has been on the rise for years now with the prevalence of more technology being used in the classroom,” WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez said. “So Zoom was just one more piece of technology that added to that.”
The report also found that West Virginia was in the top ten for bullying during in-person school. The findings were based off multiple criteria including bullying-incident rate, truancy costs for schools, share of high school students bullied online, and more.
You can view the full report here.