A bullying situation can often be interrupted if someone simply changes the topic of conversation so that everyone focuses their attention on something else.
If you see that a target of bullying needs help getting away, consider changing the subject. Consider announcing to everyone that you are going to do something else, like play soccer or get food.
The next time your friend is getting bullied and you’re hesitant to confront the person bullying, consider changing the subject. Talk about something else, like a TV show everyone watches. It can get everyone focused on something other than bullying your friend.
Consider phrases like, “Hey, did you guys see the game last night?” or “This is boring. Let’s go play handball.”