In one of his classes, Emperor had only a couple friends because "the rest of the people are jerks and say nasty things to me." After clarifying a bit, I told him he was being bullied and that when it happens again, he should tell a teacher.
"What? I'm not being bullied. I'm not going to let them bully me. They're just jerks."
I talked with him (ok, lectured) about how he shouldn't have to deal with that sort of hostile environment and so on. Emperor countered that he was there to learn about (subject) and he's just not going to let these other kids keep him from that. So there is no bullying going on because he's refusing to be bullied.
Here I had kept him away from physical education last year because his twisted legs would prevent him from running well. I know he is going to be mocked. Emperor has been insisting - for some time - that it is not his problem if other people don't like him. He would like to take PE, please.
So I have signed him up for PE this year. I do hate sending him where he's going to be teased, but Emperor genuinely wants to go. Emperor thinks I do not understand. He cannot be bullied, he says, if it doesn't bother him.