It was funny because my bully wasn't just A bully. They were an actual crew. I think there were like 7 of them but only like 2 or 3 of them were actually dedicated to bullying me. The rest were just kind of there not doing anything.
It was messed up because one of them was a girl who lived next door to me who had always been nice to me but she hung out with that crew so I guess she was just kind of stuck. She didn't want to be bullied herself, I suppose.
Anyway, this was all like 5th and/or 6th grade stuff so I guess we'd have all been somewhere around 12-13ish. It was so bizarre because I had moved out of that state and been gone for years and went back to visit family when I was in my early 20s and when I ran into them again, they were all together just like they always were at the school.
I encountered them at the public pool in that city and it was funny because I ran into one of them and recognized her but just kind of didn't say much except hi. I had no idea the rest of them were there. Then I saw the main guy who had been the worst of them. He saw me before I could scurry away into the crowd. So he came over and at first I thought maybe he was going to be cool but he started it right up again as if it had never actually stopped.
And I hadn't even mentioned it. I was really just trying to not make a scene and was kind of hoping they had changed because I had been kind of OK with him before all the bullying started (I don't really know what made him turn). But it was just so weird. I mean you kind of expect someone to change a little bit between 12 and like 23. It was like he was still that 12 year old jerk in a man's body.
I'd bet he hasn't changed a bit to this day.
Fortunately (as bad as it sounds) my bullies were probably not as bad (didn't affect me as much) as some people's. I mean I was actually terrified of those kids when it was happening. But it only lasted for maybe a year or so and then we moved away from there.
I acquired a couple of new bullies at my next school but they were not violent. They were just the type of kids who make stupid jokes and verbally harass. That, I could handle. Once it was all over I pretty much put it behind me and forgot about it. I know some people had bullies who really messed them up.