I am so sorry Nik has had to struggle like this and it breaks my heart to read his story. It could have easily been my family's story. The follow-up "More on bulling in Lake Orion, speaks of 'surviving the wild' and safety in numbers. I would like to comment on both.
I am the parent of dual-exceptional student who survived 'the wild' and learned to fight back. In your article, you wrote "Who likes the kid who comes in with "nerd" written all over him?" THE OTHER NERDS !!! It is a good thing you dont have to go far to find this group in LO Schools. They are on the track, hanging out in the band room, participating in debate, science olympiad, chess club, First Robotics, MTS, computer gaming, etc. LO was wonderful serving this population with the number of AP offerings besides supporting the before/after school communities. These enabled a sense of belonging which is key to survival and provides the strength to fight back.
I would also like to remind you and other parents that are discouraged from the response of a building's administrators. As a parent, you can always contact the superindent's office, school board, The Oakland County Intermediate School District or the state of michigan department of education.