Children who see other children being bullied in most cases are afraid to speak out. They think if they say something the bully can turn on them or that they can be his next victim. There are studies that have shown how some children who are spectators of a bullying situation have joined in on the bullying too.
I read a story of a child who witnessed a bully situation, told her parents what she saw and both the mom and dad told her not to tell anyone or “stay out of it.” Our children need to be taught what to do in a bullying situation even if they are not the victim. Like I have have told thousands of students at the many schools I visit each year; “A hero is someone who hears something, tells someone and puts an end to it.”