When July came to a close there had been 22 school shootings to date in 2019, and that’s just school shootings. That doesn’t include Dayton, El Paso, Gilroy, Brooklyn, or Mississippi… all mass shootings in the last month. That’s over 2,000 mass shootings since Sandy hook, killing over 2,400, wounding over 9,000… leaving us wondering, are the only safe places in the US Wyoming and North Dakota?
Some people love to debate the cause behind the shootings. I chuckle at my wording: “the cause”… if it were only that simple.
When I was researching school shootings for my fiction book, Bystanders, Continue reading “The best weapon against school shootings”
It’s a sobering glimpse into a high school campus through the eyes of today’s teenagers and it releases this month in print! (you know… real books with actual pages!) 🙂
This new piece of fiction is titled Bystanders, and I thought I’d give away the print version to the first 100 of my U.S. blog readers who would love to read it… with one condition: you read it. (Sorry those outside the U.S., I love you, I honestly just can’t afford the shipping. Buy the Kindle version!)
Seriously. And if you like it Continue reading “giving the first 100 of you my school shooting book”
Today’s young people might be a little more familiar than you think with solving their problems with a gun… because they literally hear it all the time.
“Got an AK on my lap”
“Call up on an Uzi”
I find it intriguing that while the world is debating the gun issue, the majority of the musical “artists” in the top 10 right now have songs about revenge, “popping” people, or gunning you down… and I kid you not… some will even tell you what assault rifle and which high capacity clip they prefer Continue reading “Gunning Your Kids Down”
“This kid gets bullied a lot.”
I’m wrapping up my book to parents about bullying, and in the last few months it’s been literally insane how many times I’ve turned on the news to see exactly what I’m writing about played out on the screen… last week again with the shooting in Florida.
No, I’m not one of those guys who is putting full blame on “bullying” here. There were a lot of factors contributing to this tragedy… but again… one of the big ones was an ostracized kid ignored by bystanders every day.
Like the 17-year-old who admitted as much to the Miami Herald just a few days ago Continue reading “I regret not saying anything”
Do your kids resonate with 13 Reasons Why?
Do they ever feel, or have any friends who feel bullied, teased, mocked, or pushed too far?
My longtime blog readers might remember me talking about a book I have been writing literally for years now—the story of a high school kid who was teased and mocked beyond the tipping point. I finished the book and hope to get it published this year.
That’s where you come in.
I never release a book until I’ve had a bunch of people preview it first and give me feedback Continue reading “When teasing goes too far”