That would explain my situation . I was teased at prep school , but the real, nasty, verbal bullying started when I went to public school at 13. There were undoubtedly back then signs of what we now call either ASD or Asperger's . It's sad that 44 years on from when I was at school this is still a problem. It makes me wonder what's being done to tackle the problem.
Basically, the more the competitive ideology of 'might is right' is taught or programmed in the education system and curriculum ~ whilst also enforcing a 'grit your teeth and bare it' (social mask) that involves being otherwise and elsewhere than is actually the case ~ i.e. getting the grades and the career; the more 'individuality' becomes a crime, and the more punishment gets deemed as being acceptable by the abusers, who were or are coercively educated to be as such.
Education systems that encourage and facilitate the student's individuality, rather than threatening it, tends to have more productive and life enhancing outcomes.
Of course ~ Hostile Environmentalism guarantees the opposite.
In my opinion ethics should be a class in schools. If students were taught to discuss what is right and wrong and debate it in classes I think that would help. When what is right or wrong is only instructed to the students in a top-down manner from the headmaster and teachers they're more likely to rebel against any notion of being decent.
The classes should cover disability, race, belief systems, gender relations. I personally think this would be preferable to religious studies, as religion could be covered within ethics.