Bullying is more egregious now. Children are more insidious regarding bullying. However, schools are establishing a no tolerance policy regarding such behavior. Bullies are psychopaths, pure and simple. These "children" have no conscious regarding their behavior i.e. they just do not care how their actions affect other children.
Many children commit suicide and/or suffer psychological damage as a result of incessant bullying. Bullies are alpha children go wrong. Instead of using their leadership potential positively, bullies elect to use their leadership potential in an evil way. The average bully has a high sense of self albeit negatively.
There is no excuse for bullying other children. Schools should rigorously implement the zero tolerance policy. Children who bully should be given a three strikes, you are expelled rule. In addition to that, there should be documentation identifying them as a bully. Instead of regular schools, bullies should be mandated to attend I.S. school i.e. schools for challenged children. If the bully commits extremely insidious acts which causes irreparably damage to the victim such as paralysis, brain damage, and/or suicide, he/she should be tried and placed in a juvenile detention facility or jail, if old enough.
When the bully is incarcerated in such institutions, there will be karmic comeuppance so to speak. He/she will encounter those who are bigger and badder. He/she will KNOW what it is like to be on the receiving end for once. He/she will learn that IT DOES NOT PAY to BULLY the innocent among us.