A few months ago, bullying was hot, hot news. This week, it's in the news again with even more kids committing suicide after being bullied. The focus is, as it was, on ending the bullying rather than fortifying kids' emotional health. Aaaack. We will never rid society of bullies or other haters by legislating or praying for them to be gone. Just assume they will be around, and plan on giving your kids coping/fortifying tools to keep them happy, mentally healthy, and alive.
I wrote a bit more about this here: http://blog.catay.com/2010/04/thought-of-day-2010-96-bullying-part-2.htm