Yes, but I prefer not to blog talk about it. Uhh, don't have much else to say then.
>Does (serious) bullying happen in public schools/interns as often as what media leaves me to believe?
no since the media only reports outstanding cases there's an obvious bias. But it depends on the school and the country probably.
in all my school life it was really tame but I heard some stuff from friends in other high/middle schools about lots of practical jokes (sometimes violent), nothing as crazy as portrayed in anime where absolutely everyone bullies someone though. Also some schools here are known for having some quite serious initiation rites but you don't get bullied more than that once you're in
>calling each other nicknames, throwing paper balls Someone would compare me to Jesus and a cocker spaniel because of my long hair and also imitate my raspy voice
that's just banter
People would pretend to encourage my autism and they'd talk behind my back. I'm surprised that they're still bringing up things that happened, what, fifteen years ago? I can't get things out of my head and it's ruined moments just because someone used a certain phrase that reminded me of a bad experience. The internet is full of tough guys that won't acknowledge or will even speak positively about their experiences. I don't notice much bullying in my anime because it's a fairly cheap way to mess with the viewers and so I avoid it.