Retreat should always be option one, while you fight back only if necessary. Trust me, if I wanted to, I could've beat their ass. But if I had, they would've had an even bigger grudge. Fighting causes more problems than it solves most of the time. I also would've been in as much trouble as them, and I would've been in a worse place than I was. And yes, the problem was solved. I got away from it with the intention of getting away and telling an authority. Once that happens, no amount of physical strength can help them. Punches hurt temporarily, but a history of abuse and bullying lasts for a long time. It may seem merciful not to kick someone's ass, but trust me. That guy is gonna regret what he did when he applies for college or a job. I hope he has changed, and I hope that he has found the error in his ways. I hope that if I ever cross paths again, that we can put the past behind us and at least live peacefully. But make no mistake: just because I ran, doesn't mean I lost.