In Everytown, USA, some kid gets bullied on the playground or around the schoolyard. Seeking hierarchy, some sense of superiority, assertion of dominance over somebody, the bully picks a target, probably without even knowing why for sure. It could be the victim’s face, gait, clothes, build, voice, anything that gets under the bully’s skin, because by god they need to be higher on the food chain than somebody. They fight, or abuse, or sneer, or dump barrels of toxic waste into the social waters around the victim. The victim is beaten down periodically, until they fight back.
That’s the conventional wisdom. A bully who gets knocked down, who gets his comeuppance, runs off crying and must find another target.