There's such a thing as kiddie hentai, so yeah, there's really nothing too depraved for the internet (Rule 34, is it?), and considering that guy arranged to be killed and eaten over an internet forum a bit of freakiness is nothing. I'll definitely keep that in mind.
Elementary school was miserable for me partly because I had severe ADD as well as some neurological problems and was a natural target (I've grown out of those conditions). Also I just didn't like school and preferred to read on my own on my own time and #### around in class. But despite all that I met my best friend in third grade and we're still good buds (were partners in crime in fifth grade. We were in the same class -- this was the year I was sent to the office every day for a spell -- and after her year with us she dropped down to teaching kindergarten for a year before retiring. She did pull out a version of the categorical imperative: "what if all [x number] children were doing that?")
Anyway in eighth grade things started to turn around and somehow I gained some mild popularity which really blossomed in high school. When I was a sophomore I started partying (was a bit intimidated before by the older kids at first before befriending some of them) and that summer started smoking weed. In addition to all this I started enjoying school and started to do well academically -- high school was the best time of my life. (Then my year of college started with some promise before depression set in and the rest is history.)