The word ‘bully’ is traced back to the 1530's (Donegan, 2012).
First official report and definition of bullying by The Times in 1862 following the death of a soldier due to bullying (Allanson, et al., 2015).
Input from Olweus
1970 - 1979
Olweus (professor of psychology) believed bullying was physical, psychological and continuous (Allanson et al., 2015).
Taking Bullying Seriously
1980 - 1989
In US: prior to 1980's bullying was not seen as a serious threat, rather as the norm or rite of passage (Allanson et al., 2015)
1999: Columbine High School: 2 students brought 50 bombs to school, shot 23 students (13 fatalities) and took their own lives after being bullied (Allanson et al., 2015)
J.S v. Bethlehem Area School: Student expelled for creating an online page that had threatening and derogatory comments on members of the administration (Donegan, 2012).
Social Awareness Grows
2000 - 2009
2000: Bullying in schools has drawn national awareness (Allanson et al., 2015).
13 year old Ryan Halligan committed suicide after being bullied at school and online (Allanson et al., 2015).
Vermont Takes Action
Vermont adopts Bullying Prevention Law (Allanson et al., 2015).
United States vs. Lori Drew
Drew & daughter created a fake Myspace account to send hateful comments to 13 year old Megan Meier, which led to Meier committing suicide. Court ruled in Meier’s favor and led to state establishment of cyberbullying laws (Donegan, 2012).