It never ceases to amaze me how adults botch this. Retaliating against bullies isn’t ok and neither is ignoring them. How about we use science instead.
What you need to know about bullies is that it doesn’t matter what you do, they will still attack you. So you might as well let your geek flag fly.
Don’t lose faith just because your bully lied and people seemed to believe them. Keep doing what you need to do and keep applying pressure on them to stop. Consistent, compassionate pressure.
It is a huge mistake to characterize a kid who is behaving badly and bullying as evil. First, it gives them more power over our imaginations then is warranted. And second, it prevents us from doing what we should be doing to stop them.