History of Bullying in Schools

Timeline created by c-barr
  • First Example of Bullying in Literature

    First Example of Bullying in Literature
    Tom Brown's School Days was the first example of bullying in literature.
  • First Report of Death Resulting from Bullying

    First Report of Death Resulting from Bullying
    A 12 year old died from "bullying behavior" at Kings School in Canterbury, United Kingdom.
  • First Significant Research on Bullying

    First Significant Research on Bullying
    The first significant research data on bullying was published in Pedagogical Seminary by Frederick L. Burk.
  • Bullying Now Includes Stealing and Robbery

    Bullying Now Includes Stealing and Robbery
    John Jacob Brooke "J.B." Morgan suggested that the definition of bullying should also include stealing and robbery in addition to physical aggression and verbal taunts in his book "The Psychology of the Adjusted School Child"
  • The First Systematic Method of Studying Bulling

    The First Systematic Method of Studying Bulling
    Dr. Dan Olweus began his research in 1978 and has spent several decades researching the issue of bullying to help keep children safe in schools and other settings. Olweus developed the first systematic method of studying bulling using a self-respect questionnaire.
  • First Proposition of Anti-Bullying Law

    First Proposition of Anti-Bullying Law
    As early as 1981,Dr. Dan Olweus proposed enacting a law against bullying in schools so students could be spared the repeated humiliation implied in bullying.
  • The Definition of Bullying Continues to Evolve

    The Definition of Bullying Continues to Evolve
    By the end of the 1980s the meaning of bullying continues to evolve to include direct verbal taunting, exclusion, and the spreading of rumors.
  • Columbine

    Columbine
    On April 20th 1999, two teenage boys who had been relentlessly bullied brought 50 bombs to school, and then went on a shooting spree wounding twenty-three, fatally shooting thirteen, and taking their own lives. Children, parents and school officials around the country were shocked, and no one could deny the need for more pro-social and accepting school environments and a way to combat bullying among students.
  • Cyberbullying Leads to Suicide

    Cyberbullying Leads to Suicide
    Ryan Halligan was bullied so relentlessly at school, he finally learned kickboxing to defend himself from the physical assaults. But when the attacks moved online, he had no way to fight back, and no refuge. October 2003, Ryan hanged himself in his family's bathroom. He was 13 years old. Now, Ryan's father travels to schools around the country to share the events that led up to his son's suicide and to warn educators and students about the dangers of cyberbullying
  • Federal Law passed against cyberbullying

    Federal Law passed against cyberbullying
    In January 2006, the US Congress passed a law making it a federal crime to “annoy, abuse, threaten or harass” another person over the internet.
  • The First Anti-Cyberbullying Legislation Passed

    The First Anti-Cyberbullying Legislation Passed
    In August 2008, the California state legislature passed one of the first laws in the country to deal directly with cyber-bullying.The legislation, Assembly Bill 86 2008, gives school administrators the authority to discipline students for bullying others offline or online.