There is this idea that bullies always get their comeuppance, A Christmas Story style.
That they all peak in high school and then everything is downhill from senior year and they become bald, fat, and broke bar regulars with sucky jobs.
It’s a nice fantasy, but it’s not always how it goes, as this Twitter thread from @thetzechun proves. They asked, “What does your high school bully do now?”
Some people’s bullies did end up on that karmic downward spiral.
Some bullies became and remained super successful and rich and even attained positions of great power.
Some became internet commenters.
But others grew up and turned their lives around.
They didn’t stay bullies—they changed and became better.
And a whole bunch of people commented that they never got bullied at all, and especially not in high school. Lucky you guys.
Here are what 37 high school bullies are up to now:
Guidance counselor. No joke.
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) July 19, 2020
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
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
He acted shocked and laughed it off as “good-natured, we were all young and dumb fun”. His wife stood behind him quietly nodding and seeming to confirm my tales of her husband’s, probably continuing, horribleness.
— John E.L. Tenney (@JohnELTenney) July 16, 2020
my brain is still right here with me https://t.co/3vmJJRerWo
— Will A. Miles (@MrWillMiles) July 16, 2020
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
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
He’s in JAIL https://t.co/ff8ceyV3sj
— Oshun of Evangelista (@__MJDr) July 18, 2020
21 years to life for murder. https://t.co/gya3PwCTtH
— senior africans (@comradesipho) July 18, 2020
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 (@jonodiener) July 16, 2020
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
she died shortly after we graduated pic.twitter.com/AA7k5u8of9
— bellahadidsnosejob (@bellahad1dsnose) July 17, 2020
my parents are doing just fine. thanks for asking 🙂 https://t.co/URioSG3kYf
— greta gerNIG (@NILES100) July 16, 2020
Posts unattributed inspirational quotes and photos of herself with tigers to Facebook 🙃 https://t.co/QQHXbdEOUj
— Caroline Moss (@CarolineMoss) July 17, 2020
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
Ha! I haven’t thiught about him in decades. I looked him up on FB and he’s a security guard who works the gate at a food distribution center.
— Just Pete Woods (@thatpetewoods) July 16, 2020
Signed to Roc Nation :/ https://t.co/KkE4tqTn7G
— ☂️ (@WYETTHASSP0KEN) July 17, 2020
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
there were several and the answer is, unequivocally, pyramid scheme https://t.co/9JV5UnAQmo
— kelsey weekman (@kelsaywhat) July 17, 2020
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
Last time I saw him he tried to slide me his number. pic.twitter.com/HlGURcQMtt
— (@AlyssAdventures) July 16, 2020
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
didn’t we figure out they’re all just nurses and cops now? https://t.co/z97C8GsMze
— lauren (@HPBitchcraft) July 17, 2020
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 127 (@teresajusino) July 16, 2020
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 (@iammessyelliott) July 20, 2020
You straight up got bullied by a couple of marvel characters. That’s comic book transformation
— Triston (@HeMicroMachines) July 19, 2020
I knew one girl who bullied a lot of people back then. I tried to stay out of her way. I saw her again a few years ago when she came in to the clinic I worked at for critically ill persons. She was a patient ..She was very kind, as was I. High school is hard for everyone.
— redd marie (@reddmariee) July 17, 2020
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: Socially Distant Comic Book Writer (@Peposed) July 17, 2020
Ironically last I heard he was head of Anti-Bullying program in the school district I was in back in the day. To his credit, he did reach out at one point and gave what seemed to be a very real apology and now wants to make sure others never have to suffer from behavior like his.
— Potomac of the Last Hometown (@lasthometown) July 16, 2020
My middle school bully runs a female empowerment workshop. I’m not kidding.
— Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) July 16, 2020
All my high school harassers are in Florida getting coronavirus.
— Jules Rivera (@julesrivera) July 16, 2020
My elementary and middle school bullies are still trying to be actors …my HS bullies I think stayed in VA — I think both sell insurance …
— Gabby Revilla Lugo (@gabbyrevlugo) July 16, 2020
He’s in construction! He would have gone into the NHL but he got arrested for dealing drugs, but fortunately managed to straighten his life out.
I ended up living in a house with him as adults. He became one of my most loyal friends.
— he called the shit poop (@Hecalledtheshi1) July 17, 2020
I think she still teaches there. https://t.co/fcLddfO2qT
— Russell Dawkins Jr. (@YungRuss96) July 17, 2020
Got his shit together, apologized to people, became a lawyer, and does immigration law for people the government wants to put in cages.
— Ethan Kaye (@ethankaye) July 16, 2020
idk what they do, but I know they all stalk my instagram stories and listen to my podcast 😂
— Emily Aleece Burton (@emilyaleece) July 16, 2020
Her name is Karen… So jokes on her now. Lol.
— Laura (@lsirikul) July 16, 2020
I called him and he said my mom. 😔 https://t.co/Rj49Enmfnm
— Daniel Kibblesmith (@kibblesmith) July 17, 2020
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