Update on "Rotten end-of-junior high"
DD told me today that she has been finding out that one reason two of the girls that she had been friends with were turning away from her is because the ex-guy friend ("male queen bee")told them things she talked about behind their backs. She had told him that one girl was an "intellectual snob" and that she felt sorry for the other girl because her "brother is strange". The male queen bee actually told her today - laughingly - threateningly - that he will poison as many kids against her as he possibly can.
I told her that since she really liked these girls, she should talk with them about this and, if, in fact, she did say these things, bite the bullet and admit it, say she won't do it again and ask if they will forgive her.
So, she might be able to at least do some damage control, but the guy friend is a "man with a mission".