THEY’RE RIGHT BEHIND YOU!
Nah, just kidding. They’re all over the place. We learned that from a Twitter thread about ’em that attracted a lot of attention recently.
Writer and Producer Tze Chun – known for his work on Once Upon a Time, Gotham, and the upcoming Gremlins series – posted the following question on Twitter out of curiosity:
What does your high school bully do now?
— T$E CHUN (@thetzechun) July 16, 2020
And the responses that started flooding in were wild.
34. How the turntables have…
You don’t know what you’ve done until you find yourself in those shoes.
The only bully I had was in elementary it stopped after 5th grade. in high school she was being bullied and i stopped it because I knew how it felt .poor thing was shocked that her own friends just watched and I of all people helped her pic.twitter.com/O5EMusXgbi
— XOXO, SAVAGE? (@YoungSavagery_) July 17, 2020
33. Names in lights
Nothing hits harder than a former tormentor’s success.
She’s a theater director in New York after graduating from Princeton, and she’s still way hotter than me
— stay-at-home noms (Irene Jiang) (@irenethesupreme) July 16, 2020
32. Spoiled rotten
Gotta love the American justice system.
He shot someone in the back with a shotgun when a drug deal went bad, then his mega rich parents bailed him out and got a good lawyer so he never went to jail. v chill.
— Jono Diener THE INEVITABLES on Kickstarter (@jonodiener) July 16, 2020
31. Serving time
Seriously, SO many of these are prison themed.
21 years to life for murder. https://t.co/gya3PwCTtH
— woke'ing from home (@comradesipho) July 18, 2020
30. Riding high
I’m sure he cries about it into his piles of money.
He’s an executive vice president of a media company and my only consolation is that he has aged horribly.
— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) July 17, 2020
29. Smile for the camera
Schadenfreude doesn’t get a whole lot stronger than this.
Not sure about my high school bully but the kid who called me fat and gay every day in elementary school was arrested and his mug shot got shown on the news.
It was bliss.
— J. Collin Priddy-Barnum (@CollinEyeJoe) July 16, 2020
28. A bloody mess
You gotta wonder: do they regret it? Do they even remember?
This idea that our bullies peak early and then live unhappy lives of failure is one of the biggest lies we tell ourselves.
— Mark Lewis (@levrock2) July 17, 2020
27. Not like this
Revenge is a dish probably best not served.
Got addicted to meth and aged like 40 years. It was horrible, I remember I prayed to God during high school that something bad would happen to him and I felt super guilty when I saw him 15 years later. I was like “Whoa God, I meant like…he didn’t get a job he wanted”
— Mad Catz Anal Steer (@theschwasound) July 17, 2020
26. Creepin’ back in
Sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the AUDACITY.
The guys who bullied me try to slide in my dms. Like? Y’all bullied tf outta me.
— Katy (@thatgirlkaty_) July 16, 2020
25. Catching up
No shame on bartending, but screw anybody who tries to push you down to elevate themselves.
Last I heard, she was a bartender. I saw her like two years ago and she was trying to make me feel small all over again, then she asked me what I was doing with my life, and when I told her I was getting my MFA, she kinda sputtered and made an excuse to leave. Felt good.
— Raven (@theravenmonroe) July 17, 2020
24. Building lies
“Dude even we’re smart enough to listen to doctors.” – actual sheep
Sells used construction equipment and claims covid masks are for sheep. Which honestly tracks, at least based on my experience in the seventh grade.
— David Pepose: Back THE O.Z. #1 @ Kickstarter! (@Peposed) July 17, 2020
23. Fun in the sun!
Yeah that’s…pretty much the state pastime now.
All my high school harassers are in Florida getting coronavirus.
— Jules Rivera (@julesrivera) July 16, 2020
22. Judge not
Aaaaaaandy this one’s a huge bummer.
Wasn’t as much of an aggressive bully, but the day I found out the most homophobic dude of my year went on to study law and become a judge I was just like „yeah, checks out.. it’s always dudes like him..“ https://t.co/NJfiATAt7U
— Elliott – Professional Dog Appreciator™ (@iammessyelliott) July 20, 2020
21. Let me guide you
Guess they stayed in school, huh?
Guidance counselor. No joke.
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) July 19, 2020
20. Making amends
You don’t get much more fully redemptive than this.
— SON OF SPACE DAD MAD ? (@artbyhobo) July 17, 2020
19. Feel the power
Here’s hoping it’s a legitimate one!
My middle school bully runs a female empowerment workshop. I’m not kidding.
— Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) July 16, 2020
18. The plot thickens
A long way to go toward a pretty happy ending.
damn this a whole movie
— raykh ?? (@raykhh) July 17, 2020
17. Bitter sweet
Hats off to him, I say.
This makes me happy-ish. Happy he got his shit together and is helping some of the most vulnerable. Sorry he bullied you. That shit leaves a mark.
— Max Vaxed (@makriese) July 19, 2020
16. Getting into therapy
There’s um…there’s a lot going on here.
My grade school bullies are a Spanish teacher and a therapist and my high school bully is in prison for killing his own mother. I am fine.
— Megan Marie Metzger (@a_joyologist) July 16, 2020
15. Keeping the faith
Can’t tell if this is a good sign or a really awful one.
Because of course.
— Lan Is Staying Home Playing Animal Crossing (@pittsed_off) July 16, 2020
14. Be the change
It can be hard to let things go, but sometimes we really need to.
Didn’t have one in High School. But the one that was with me since elementary school actually turned out to be an ok dude. People can change. We just have to give them the opportunity to change
— Joe (@JoeComicFan) July 16, 2020
13. Simply put
We need a little less hate in the world.
He became my friend
— Cody Craig (@OriginalCody82) July 25, 2020
12. Top of the tower
The irony in bullies getting voluntarily bullied out of their own money.
there were several and the answer is, unequivocally, pyramid scheme https://t.co/9JV5UnAQmo
— kelsey weekman (@kelsaywhat) July 17, 2020
I’m sorry, WHAT?
We ended up being coworkers at the public library. While there, he used the patron records to find my parent’s address and send them a postcard telling them I was gay.
— Jason Shiga (@jasonshiga) July 16, 2020
10. A short memory
I’m sure he thought you were “just playing around.”
No idea where they all are but the last one I saw was at a bar few years ago and he tried to introduce me to his wife as “A good friend of mine from high school”.
I corrected him.
— John E.L. Tenney (@JohnELTenney) July 16, 2020
9. Enemy number one
Shh, he’ll hear us talking about him.
my brain is still right here with me https://t.co/3vmJJRerWo
— Will “William” Miles (@MrWillMiles) July 16, 2020
8. The war at home
You don’t always have to go far to find the jerks…
my parents are doing just fine. thanks for asking 🙂 https://t.co/URioSG3kYf
— ? PDX (11/4) ? SEATTLE (11/6) (@NILES100) July 16, 2020
7. Live, laugh, torment
Good, GOOD, let the chaotic basicness flow through you…
Posts unattributed inspirational quotes and photos of herself with tigers to Facebook ? https://t.co/QQHXbdEOUj
— Caroline Moss (@CarolineMoss) July 17, 2020
6. Serve and protect
There were, in fact, tons of answers along these lines.
5. Hold your position
What can I offer you but my biggest oof.
I think she still teaches there. https://t.co/fcLddfO2qT
— Russell Dawkins Jr. (@YungRuss96) July 17, 2020
4. Speak to your inner manager
Perhaps the universe DOES have a sense of justice.
Her name is Karen… So jokes on her now. Lol.
— Laura (@lsirikul) July 16, 2020
3. Sick burn
Sounds like he’s still got it.
I called him and he said my mom. ? https://t.co/Rj49Enmfnm
— Daniel Kibblesmith (@kibblesmith) July 17, 2020
2. What are the odds
Numbers don’t lie.
He owns a home improvement company and has a bunch of kids. Good for him. Probably doesn’t even remember the time he threw a graphing calculator at the back of my head.
— Teresa Is On Day 165 (@teresajusino) July 16, 2020
1. That doesn’t rock
Dish dish dish, we need to know who!
Signed to Roc Nation :/ https://t.co/KkE4tqTn7G
— Quite literally… (@WYETTHASSP0KEN) July 17, 2020
At the end of the day, all you can do to defeat the ghosts of you past is to live your best life now. The sense of justice we crave for the people who hurt us will never be perfectly executed. But their mistakes are on them, not us.
What are your old bullies up to?
Tell us in the comments.