People like them are just sad. I mean, he’s bullying you for no apparent reason… just imagine the kind of private life this guy has. He’s miserable! He hates the world because he thinks he’s a victim of some sort and so he can’t help but lash out his frustrations into the world. The guy himself is just a sad case himself, but the whole situation is sad because… all that education and all that knowledge… for what? Writing requires one to be sensitive I’d say. Maybe how we process our sensitivity is different from one person to the next, but that’s no excuse to gang up on someone. It almost sounds like not only this guy, but Lucille was also in on it and instead of sticking for you, she decided to gang up on you. There should have been a bazillion of better ways to handle it. Let’s say she didn’t want to disrupt the flow of the group, even so, she could have just let you go without causing the hurt and the garbage she threw at you.
I’m sorry this has happened to you, and I think you handled the situation on your end really well even after all that crap. Go you!