Re: And the bullies back...
Being bullied sucks. Really sucks. The good news is that, as the years pass, the bullying reduces. It never actually goes away, though. There will always be damaged goods, energy vampires and various kinds of parasites out there.
Chris, my advice is to avoid any sort of entanglement with problem people as much as is possible (and then some) ... in time you'll be able to pick 'em a mile off.
You can't talk reason to damaged goods and there's never reason to be offended when an a*hole behaves like an a*hole. That's what they do. Focus on the good people instead. And, especially, don't play in bands with them.