Former Bullies of Reddit: Why?
Didn't really have a reason other than "because I could, they annoyed me a couple of times". I wasn't insecure, didn't need validation, was generally a nice and thoughtful person, home life was fine, had friends and fit in with most social groups, was able to take my energy/frustrations out in sports, etc. Honestly, most bullies I knew didn't have a reason for it.
I honestly only feel bad for picking on one kid, because I feel like he genuinely didn't deserve the amount of targets he had on his back. He was awkward, scrawny, and would always try giving a comeback that just didn't quite come out the way he had hoped, but he stood up for himself every time. M. Pierce was his name, and I won't forget it. The rest of the kids I picked on were generally considered assholes and loners, which is what the majority of the victims are. Hate to say it like that for anyone that was bullied, but there's a reason you got put on radar. If you didn't have friends, people looked the other way when you were being picked on, teachers didn't want much to do with you, then you probably were an asshole and got snippy with the wrong person (expecting the downvotes for that, but it's true). Bullies don't want to deal with a group of friends that'll stick up for each other, or choose a target that is well liked and would be backed up if reported, and even better if the teachers didn't like them or trust them. Most victims of bullying don't realize or want to admit that they themselves were little shits too.
If you are a victim of bullying, make friends. It's going to be the best way to both get the target off of you back and get past the feeling of being alone.