Actually bullies are really a product of attention deficit. The parents can be the nicest people on earth but neglect their child not academically but emotionally.
Some then resort to all different activity to gain attention. Some will steal ..some will act silly...and some will bully. The sad thing is once a child is in a group who is bullying another. It takes a strong child to say Im not taking part.
The only way to stop verbal bullying is to be verbally snarter. I remember when I was a child in the UK being called ching chong chinaman. It didnt affect me as my father told me I must be an impressive person as they could find no personal fault with me but are afraid of my Chinese origins.
If you stop caring what they say and turn it around on them. They will resort to violence and you would have won the mental argument.
Bullies only win if they can push your buttons. They resort to violence when they can not. Which is easily dealt with when you stand and fight. Bullies pain threshold are usually a lot lower. .
All you need to know is base of palm aim at the nose. Will break the nose and will be disguised as a No signal accident.
I'm not surprised that there are so many bullies around. I find myself being bullied harassed on mumsnet sometimes and then think that these parents must be passing these awful traits onto their kids. I think in the past on here I have been ganged up on, ridiculed, told that I am XY and Z all under the guise of people saying it like it is. Equally there are some lovely posters on here which is why I stay on but I hate feeling harassed and like I can't post as it will get torn apart by nasty individuals.