Michigan Ranked Low in the Control of Bullying

LANSING — Michigan ranks near the bottom in controlling bullying in its schools among the states analyzed in a new report by WalletHub released on Wednesday.

bullytaglarge.jpgDuring the Michigan Legislature’s lame-duck session. Matt’s Safe School Law was amended to include cyberbullying as an official type of bullying under Michigan law. The House passed Senate Bill 74 on Dec. 19, 2014. The bill requires schools to add cyberbullying to their existing anti-bullying policies and report discipline data to the state.

Michigan ranked 36 among the 42 states and the District of Columbia analyzed as a part of WalletHub’s Best and Worst States at Controlling Bullying report. The report was released a few days before Stop Bullying Day on Feb. 9.

According to the report, Michigan ranked 38th for percentage of high school students bullied on school property, 39th for percentage of high school students bullied online, 17th for percentage of high school students who missed school out of fear of being bullied, 23rd for percentage of high school students who attempted suicide and 38th for cost of truancy to schools as a result of bullying.  Read More

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