Recently I watched the Chronicle, which if you don't know, is a movie about a group of friends that are bestowed with telekinetic powers and it is all shot shaky-cam style a-la Cloverfield. At the center of that movie is the main character Andrew who is an outsider in school, bullied and ostracized by a group of 'tough kids' as well as tormented by his alcoholic father. This situation kind of got me thinking, does that sort of bullying actually still occur in schools? I'm 27 now so I've been roughly out of High School for about 10 years. I attended High School in New York City, in the heart of Queens and it was a large one that was largely overcrowded. I don't recall there ever being any situation where a group of tough kids would publicly give out wedgies to 'nerds' while a circle of students watched and giggled. There certainly were your typical groups of athletic, nerdy, douchey etc kids present. I fell somewhere in that non-nondescript middle and got along with everyone just fine. The fact that my school was so overcrowded maybe contributed to the fact that there wasn't any room for kids to get beat up in the hallways.
So whenever I see movies where you have those tough guys hold a kid down while others play keep away with his backpack or spill drinks on his head - I wonder if thats just movies or does that sort of thing actually happen in schools today?
EDIT: Also to clear up the issue - I specifically meant if people were aware of or experienced the dramatized style of bullying we see in movies I mentioned. I am well aware that certain type of verbal bullying or basic ostracizing will always exist as kids are sometimes more heartless than adults.