"Pride's Prison," A short story RE: School Bullying

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"Pride's Prison," A short story RE: School Bullying

Postby Don Schneider » Sat May 27, 2017 4:18 pm

I wrote a long short story that was published on the internet zine Bewildering Stories. It’s a story about severe school bullying with its main purpose being to explain why such kids so often keep quiet about their plights. All too often anymore, kids have actually taken their own lives, and all too often the reaction of their parents is complete shock: They never saw it coming. I believe them. Why?

It is presented with a soft science fiction veneer. That’s just a literary device to make the plot tenable and nothing more. The story unfolds as mainstream fiction. So even if you don’t ordinarily enjoy SF, please don’t let that deter you from reading it. It has received several positive reviews and has generated more favorable comments than any piece ever presented on the zine:

"'Pride’s Prison' holds the all-time record at BwS for reader response. Nine years later, e-mail is still coming in to express gratitude for its sensitive portrayal of a child with Tourette’s Syndrome and practical suggestions for treatment." — Don Webb, Managing Editor, Bewildering Stories

The meat of the story unfolds shortly into Part III, an unusually early climax.

It takes about an hour’s reading time and can be printed out for convenience. It is presented in four parts. Just click at the end of each part to continue to the next. Free access, no ads:

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue ... ison1.html
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