This is how I discovered I'm not an introvert. I can't stand being alone. I don't want to belong, I just want to get by without the pain of being socially excluded.I hope you can cope well with it though. Sorry, it sounds as if you have a few inconsiderate, drama seeking friends who are not real friends at all.
I used to want desperately to belong too, especially when I was studying in a foreign country far away from home (Will study there again for 2011/2012 intake anyway). However, at this point of my life now, I'd rather be alone in certain social settings than have friends like that.
Wouldn't you feel better if you stood up for yourself?
I don't mean to sound critical, sorry. Obviously I don't know much about you and the situation, so sorry if I'm being critical/ insensitive/ misunderstanding.
But if you have to survive one more year alone in school just because you want to stand up for yourself and find your own way instead of potentially getting yourself down because of bad peers, I won't judge you. We just can't please everyone.
I never looked at it as not being able to stand up for myself though. If they think they're controlling me, what does that say about their image of me? That I'm weak? Why are they even making people turn against me when I leave them? Gahh. I'm not taking that shit. Maybe I should talk to Jojo and get more insight into all this, she doesn't like any of my friends and she won't tell me why. Of course, I never told her I didn't like my friends either.