Bookworm has a post up about bullying. I found myself trying to recall how it was handled when I was a kid, but honestly I can't remember a single example. Did I grow up in some kind of pacifist's paradise? Now and then kids would be mean to other kids, ostracizing them, forming nasty little cliques, but I can't remember anyone being beaten up or physically terrorized. Sometimes the outdoor play in the neighborhood got a little rough as kids experimented with projectiles and informal combat, but it seemed to be equally rough on everyone who got in the way, not directed at any special scapegoats or victims.
Did any of you grow up in similarly bully-free schools or neighborhoods? If you grew among the bullies I read about all the time, did people fight back? Get the adults involved?