Here is a fun bullying story about a time someone "grew a pair" and stood up for themselves. This kid spent most of his early childhood and middle school years being bullied because he looked, talked and acted differently from all the other kids. He was a poor white kid who grew up wearing well-worn second hand clothes, listened to George Carlin records and would play fantasy games out in the field by himself rather than playing soccer with everyone else. One day, probably in grade 8 or 9, this kid had enough with all the bullying and punched one of his bullies on the nose, breaking it. The kid figured that he had won a major victory, but after serving his week-long suspension (because he was the one acting out with physical violence) and being advised to attend anger management, he did not feel like much of a winner. He felt less like a winner when he was jumped by the bully and two of his friends on his way home from school, with the promise of more severe beatings if he ever ratted them out.
At no point did an adult step in and help this kid. There is no reason the kid should have had to walk his road alone and if more people had taken an active interest and tried to stop the bullying he received on a daily basis.