What are you talking about?
In grade school?
You might have gone to elementary school with Hannibal Lector, but most of us did not.
Bullies abounded, yes. But they were crude, unintelligent thugs, not suave Bond villians or 16th degree Masons, manipulating others to do their bidding. If bullies escaped consequences it was because of childhood aversions to snitching or being a tattle-tale, not careful planning on their part.
And I am absolutely certain bullying is not a unique American phenomenon.