I got used to the fight back as I call it, I became sharp with my mind and my mouth, I also had a good group of friends who stuck by me and were loyal. But they couldn't be there all the time, I would say I learned to protect myself. So no one could hurt me, but the comments did sting, or was it because they thought my Dad was in the Mafia.
I do think that nasty comments can shape you if you let them, I am not talking about bullying, that I think you can't deal with on your own, and you need help and support with it. Speak up and not be silent about it. Bullies are cowards.