There can be few things as satisfying as getting a one-up on a middle school or high school bully. Whether it was name-calling or physical bullying, everyone deserves their just deserts and these Redditors are walking through the times they got their revenge years down the road.
Take A Stand
From Redditor u/Luder714:
Not me, but my 9-year-old daughter has to deal with this girl in her class that is a bully to everyone, though she is especially mean to my daughter. Luckily most of the time, the kids all have her back (and she theirs). The teachers are aware of her issues and try their best, but she's sneaky.
My daughter is Type 1 diabetic, and this girl likes to tease her. She does lots of things, but is really mean about it. She told her that her feet will get chopped off (due to the 'beetus) and other horrible things. One day, she was waving a big chocolate chip cookie in her face, telling her how she can't eat stuff like that because she's a freak.
My daughter had enough. She got up and slapped the girl across the face, and the cookie went flying too. She yelled "Leave me alone!" The whole lunch room went silent, the girl ran to tell the teacher, and the kids cheered.
She came home and told us because she felt badly about it. The girl told the teacher, crying of course, but several students also told the whole story. The teacher told my kid matter-of-factly, "don't do that anymore," and yelled at the girl and made her stay in from recess.
Since then, this girl gives my daughter a wide berth.
I do not condone this behavior, but damn it was hard to keep a straight face when we were telling her that it was the wrong way to resolve things.Sweet revenge?
From Redditor u/loridee:
I graduated from high school in the '80s. I had grown up poor, but when my mom remarried, she married a guy who did well for himself, so when we moved into his house. I was a poor kid suddenly going to a school full of rich kids. One of them in particular was a girl who was really stuck up and such a b*tch. She had a very imperious attitude and generous parents. There was no way [my mom] was going to allow us to behave that way.
About six years after high school graduation, I'd dropped out of college, was living on my own in a tiny apartment, and working as a waitress. [She] of all people to show up at the restaurant and [was] seated in my section. I asked a couple of waitresses to take the table but they were busy. Finally I realized what I would do. I would take on the role of my life. Win an Academy Award. I went to the table and pretended I'd never met her before in my life.
She kept insisting I must remember her, right? She kept saying her name and I nailed the performance. "I'm so sorry, I just don't...no...I, uh...I'm trying. I believe you, yes, I went to that school but I am SO sorry, I don't remember you" and so on.
She was flabbergasted. I kept overhearing her say to the people she was with "I can't believe she doesn't remember me."
That day I learned that to be forgotten is, for some, the ultimate slap in the face.Sweet revenge?
No Need For Revenge
From Redditor u/prophetofhelix:
A few of my childhood bullies have passed away to reckless driving or drugs. So revenge not needed.
After going to a different high school then my middle school bully, I was a year out of high school and going for a bike ride. Saw the bully on his bike, going the opposite way. He yelled something to be a [jerk] to me, so I ignored and kept on my merry way for about a mile. Until I noticed he was following me, fast.
I wasn't the same pushover I was in middle school, so I pulled over and waited, as he hopped off his bike and violently thrust his hand out...to shake my hand and apologize for ever being a d*ck.
Basically said he used to hang with a bad crowd through middle school until senior year and he regretted a lot of stuff he did as a kid. Asked me how my high school years were, what my after high school plans were and explained after his father passed away he had an epiphany - he was going to the national guard to get a way to help fund college, and wanted to become a psychologist to help kids throughout high school deal with harassment.
I talked with him for a good half hour and we parted on friendly terms. Ran into him a few times over the years and about four years later, he seems to be on his way to achieving what he said and is very active in my hometown community.
Didn't need to get revenge. Glad to see someone grow up and make something great of themselves.Sweet revenge?
Don't Go Low
From Redditor u/Solsed:
After I finished high school, a girl who bullied me relentlessly for years messaged me on Facebook saying a bunch of awful things (Facebook was new at the time - we all added anyone we knew).
I just screenshotted the messages and posted them to her wall. Then a bunch of her friends messaged me asking if I was okay.
I got my revenge and didn't have to stoop to her level.Sweet revenge?