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Updated on September 2, 2017

School Bullying

I have been concerned with school bullying for quite some time. According to the U.S. Justice Department, 160,000 children a day stay home from school for fear of being bullied. One in four children will be bullied in school. This is unacceptable and the spread of hate in this country needs to stop. People are not born to hate, sadly it is something that is taught to them. Many times by their parents. Many times the parents are unknowingly the cause, such as the case in my novella, Out of the Darkness.

Out of the Darkness, is a fictional novella that I feel I needed to write. I look at the side of the bully and the side of the victim. I don't feel that all bullies are bad people, but something in their life is causing them to go down the wrong path.

Out of the Darkness, is the story of a girl, Susan Longhorn, that enters a new school. From the very beginning she is tormented by, Jane Tyler and a couple of her friends. Susan had a face full of freckles and walked with a limp, that was all Jane needed to bully her. Tommy James liked Susan from the start and protected her as much as he could, but Jane finally did a criminal act that could not be ignored..

God enters the life of Jane, her friends, her parents, and others. God physically shows everyone that Jane's parents are the cause of her bullying. Jane changes her life dramatically.

By writing this novella, I want to show people that although this is a work of fiction, bullying like this goes on in our schools every day. It should be read by students, parents, and teachers.

Out of the Darkness is available as a paperback or ebook editions.

Copyright Larry W. Fish 2017

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    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      4 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for the comment and the fan mail, Kenneth. I think of school bullying as a very serious topic. Take care!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Larry -- I finally got (or blessed rather) the opportunity to write to you and send you some fan mail that I meant through a lot of sincerity.

      I really appreciate this hub and most of all, your following.

      Please stay in touch with me.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      6 months ago from Raleigh

      Sorry to hear that you were bullied in school, Cynthia. I know many people who were and it is an epidemic. I tried and tried to get, Out of the Darkness, into schools but since I used God as a character in the novella I was rejected every time.

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      Cynthia Hoover 

      6 months ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Bullying in schools is a very real epidemic in my personal opinion. I personally experienced bullying daily in high school as a teen. Unfortunately school staff rarely feel the need to get involved, and find it easier to look the other way and allow students to be tormented, and often physically abused at the hands of a bully. This particular topic needs all the light shed on it that it can get. Your novella will indeed be an eye opening work of fiction for all who read it, and hopefully inspire many to get involved and give some much needed attention to bullying in schools.

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      Larry W Fish 

      6 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for your comment, Natalie. I was hoping to get that short novella of about 65 pages into schools for students, teachers, and parents to read. However I used God as a character in the novella and schools shy away from using the word God in public schools anymore. I was disappointed but that is the culture anymore. Anyway I am glad you enjoyed what I was trying to get across.

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      Natalie Frank 

      6 months ago from Chicago, IL

      This is a very important topic and your novella about it sounds well rounded and interesting. Most people never consider the side of the bully, just the side of the victim. No one is all good or all bad and focusing on both sides of characters can help us realize this fact. This can help provide a balanced and fair approach to bullying that doesn't demonize the bully. When you are unfair in the discipline or response to the bully many will be more likely to stay a bully and their behavior will get worse. They figure, "No one is going to give me a fair shot anyway so why not act this way." They need a reason to change their behavior that is not 100% based on punishment. Thanks for writing this. I'm impressed.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      12 months ago from Raleigh

      I was hoping to get this novella into schools. I wrote to 70+ school districts all over the country and sent out free copies to several school districts. None have decided to accept the novella into their schools. Why, they never told me, but I know it is because I used God as a central character and schools shy away from any mention of God in today's society. I am saddened that school districts turned away from using it.

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      Patricia Scott 

      12 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hopefully your written contribution will serve to help others see how serious bullying is and how important it is that we address the issue. Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      13 months ago from USA

      This is a wonderful introduction to a book that sounds like one a lot of people could learn from.

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