School bullies don't steal geek's lunches in other countries?
Well, it doesn't seem to be an issue in most New Zealand schools, as far as know. My daughter Lily is aged 10+, and I just asked her if she had ever come across or heard of children stealing other kids' lunches, or coercing them to give up their food. She's never heard of it happening and was surprised to hear that it apparently happens in some other countries and she is now curious to know in which countries it does happen.
The NZ schools seem to have a pretty good control on bullying, and presumably food-stealing would be regarded as just another form of bullying. Lily detests bullying - verbal (taunting) or physical - and would sing out if she saw it happening. She will also wade in to the defence of those being bullied. She told me only the other day that last year she had kicked and punched two boys (both bigger than she) when they were bullying another boy, to stop them from physically hurting him. She hadn't thought to mention it to me at the time and only mentioned it to me in the context of some teasing/bullying that had been going on recently with an autistic boy in her class (which was promptly dealt with by the school - in a really good way - after my mentioning it to the vice-principal).
In the interests of the children getting full nutrition, the school insists that parents provide them with nutritionally balanced lunchbox contents, and some sweet/junk foods are forbidden.
For the same reason, children are not supposed to offer their food to other children, and schoolyard trashcans have been removed and children told to take their lunch trash home so the parents can see what the child has or has not been eating.
Maybe if the schools were not so well-organised in this regard, food stealing might be common.