Hey, I honestly think the reason why I was picked on as a kid, and why anybody is picked on is simple. People are afraid of and avoid what is different than they are used to. In no way does that excuse their behavior, but it is simple. It is why people from different backgrounds are more likely to stick together, people who dress different than their neighborhood are seemed as “odd”, and why people with disorders are looked at and treated differently. I barely understood PKU when I was little so there is no way that I could have expected some other child who had never heard of or dealt with it would know what was going on. It’s simply fear of the unkown I believe.