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 out of curiosity:
What does your high school bully do now?
— TZE THEE CHUN (@thetzechun) July 16, 2020
And the responses that started flooding in were wild.
15. How the turn tables 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
14. 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
13. Expect the expected
Guess there’s no huge surprise there.
He’s in JAIL https://t.co/ff8ceyV3sj
— Oshun of Evangelista (@__MJDr) July 18, 2020
12. 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
11. Serving time
Seriously, SO many of these are prison themed.
21 years to life for murder. https://t.co/gya3PwCTtH
— senior africans (@comradesipho) July 18, 2020
10. 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
9. 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
8. 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
7. 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
6. 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.
— Hey Katy (@thatgirlkaty_) July 16, 2020
5. Catching up
No shame on bar tending, 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
4. 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
3. 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
2. Consider the following
When your haters become your fans.
Because you are now on Top of the World Now! ?
— Sphinx Harpie (Empress of Horror) (@SphinxHarpie) July 17, 2020
1. Judge not
Aaaaaaand we’re gonna end on 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
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.