I think that one of the things being put forth upthread was that there will always be malicious people out there and there won't always be an authority figure to handle it for you so you need to learn to deal with it. Because that's life. I understand where that point comes from but I also understand why that sounds harsh.
Absolutely, Kes. Like you said, we all have to learn to deal with it. That was mainly an example of how sometimes those doing the bullying and teasing don't understand the effect they have on those victims. And how the line between teasing and bullying can often be blurred. Personally I'd never tease anyone like that as I know the effect it's had on me.