HT is so right.
I was bullied is school from elementary through high school. Just awful. The once thing I learned in life, later than I could have.
Is that bullies usually will stand down when faced head on!. They are cowards at heart. They are insecure people, looking for attention and pick on people so they look 'big' in front of their friends.
Yes you can start an 'anit-bulling' program in you school. Most likely many other students would join and appreciate your effort.
Meet with the Principle and let him/her know what is going on and if it is not taken care of you will go to the News stations and let them know how the school is run.
You have rights JJ. No one has to put up with this kind of abuse, and that is what bullying is, abuse.
You also have the right to press charges with the police when they hit you, that is battery.
Just some options for you.
Here is a web site for you to give you more information of your rights and what is legal and who can help you. Please take this site seriously it can make a difference for you.www.stopbullying.gov/
Keep posting and let us know how you are.
Love peace and strength