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February 10, 2015

New Jersey ranked smack in the middle of the pack in a recent Wallet Hub survey that looked at what states are the best and worst when it comes to controlling bullying.

According to the study, more than 160,000 children in the country miss school each day out of fear of being bullied and only 40 percent of adults step in when they see an act of bullying. What’s more, the average public school can incur more than $2.3 million in lost funding and expenses as a result of suspensions, expulsions, vandalism, and low attendance due to bullying.

To come up with the ranking, the survey of experts looked at issues such as the cost of bullying (which takes into account how much districts spend on students who are truant), the prevalence of bullying, and the impact of bullying. That was determined by the rate of truancy due to the problem, as well as suicides, depression, and number of laws.

New Jersey did slightly better in terms of overall ranking than it did in terms of “environmental impact,” but that could be due to the high cost of living in the state. However, its lowest mark was when it came to truancy -- again, cost was included. New Jersey ranked 40th. Not all states participated in the survey.

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