We need to stop the cynicism about bullying. Cynicism makes us distrust people but worse, it causes us to assume that they won’t change or can’t change. It’s a fatalist view.
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.