Please raise your hand if you're laughing. Myself, I have a lot of experience with being bullied from my elementary and middle school days. Probably why I have something of an anger issue now... At any rate, that's the first retort from a bully caught with his hand on the kid's throat or shoving the kid's head into the toilet: "Gee, I was just making a joke." The kid being bullied is not laughing. Neither are we. But the days of scurrying away from being ridiculed are over. We don't shrink away. We stand.