My son has been bullied for years in small, isolated incidents. One boy in particular was horrid to him until my son actually got his school bus route changed to avoid him.
I told him I felt sorry for the kid, that this kid's life at home and school must be pretty miserable to make him pick on others to feel better. Well, one day he started in on my son again, telling him he was useless at art, no one would tell him because they were sparing his feelings, a "real" friend like him would be honest, he felt bad for him, etc.
My son looked him in the eye and said, "I feel bad for you. I'm sorry for whatever is going on in your life that makes you feel you have to hurt other people to feel better, and when you want to talk about it, I'll be around. Until then, leave me alone about my drawing, because I think I'll trust Stan Lee's advice over yours."
He's had 1/10th the problems with that kid since.
at 5:36 PM on Oct. 5, 2010