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  Donald R Schneider

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I’m a businessman with a mild case of Tourette’s Syndrome. I write fiction and nonfiction as an avocation.


Background Information

 

My poignant short story "Pride’s Prison" concerns school bullying and was published on Bewildering Stories, a free access internet zine.  

I was severely bullied as a parochial school student due to a then undiagnosed mild case of Tourette's Syndrome and a more severe case of ADHD.  I used my experiences to present a thinly-veiled childhood personal memoir.  The emotional pitch of the story reaches its crescendo shortly into the second half of the piece.  The purpose of the story is not to rage against school bullying, which seems as inevitable as war.    

Rather, the purpose is to warn parents that even if their kids are being severely bullied in school they might be totally unaware of it.  The story answers the question why so many bullied kids desperately try to hide it from their families and friends.  Some bullied kids have taken their own lives before having been willing to ask for help.  Tragically, their parents all too often never saw it coming.

Accomplishments

“Pride’s Prison” was selected by the editorship of *Bewildering Stories* for inclusion in their Best of the Quarter anthology (1Q, 2006). The story is linked to at my website and has several thousand page views.

One of my articles on Tourette’s Syndrome was chosen by an online health publication for translation into Spanish and German.

Additional Information

I am currently attempting to have accepted for publication a flash historical fiction piece that is now available for reading at my website. It’s entitled “The Altar Boy” and is set against the historical backdrop of the Irish Struggle for Independence. The story is set circa 1919. I also recently had published on *Ezine Articles* a nonfiction article concerning why some victims of childhood religious abuse react by becoming devoutly religious, the exact opposite of what one might expect. The essay draws upon my own experiences in Catholic school and is entitled “Religious Reaction to Religious Abuse"





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