Sorry to hear that Juno. People still don't get how serious bullying is. Researches showed that people who were bullied are at three times greater risk of depression that ones who didn't. Not to mention other mental illnesses. And still no one cares. Still 30% people between age of 8 and 18 are bullied. Like you said, they just tell you stand up for yourself. Yeah, it's possible. Yeah, I've done it. But I was fortunate to face a single bully. But, most of thene times this is not a case.
Oh, and my friend become really weird about this. He always say it stopped. But when he ru s into someone from middle school (he was bullied there a lot), and they ask him how's a new school, how are people there. And he usually says: " They're little bit worse than in middle school." A d everyone is like "WTF,how can it be worse than i middle school?". Don't know what to tell him anymore. He doesn't want to talk about it