Bullying 101

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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ROBIN LYONS, AUTHOR, WEBSITEAs National Bullying Awareness Month 2020 comes to a close, I thought I’d share a little about bullying in general rather than a summary of a specific true-crime case. Perhaps if we understand the bully, we may be better equipped to council our children and grandchildren so they don’t become a bullying victim. Read More

Restroom Bully

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, Author, websiteBLOG POST #252: Research on a true-crime involving a bullied 8-year-old boy.

After an 8-year-old boy took his own life, the incident warranted an investigation. The authorities felt there had to be more to it—an 8-year-old doesn’t commit suicide. Read More

Retired Life

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, author websiteLast month, schools may have been canceled, but the court system was busy sentencing for school-related crimes.

BLOG POST #235: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a retired elementary school principal.

He’d worked for the school district for 35 years before he retired and relocated to sunny Florida. As many principals do, he started with the district as a teacher and promoted to principal.

I believe just because someone is a good teacher doesn’t automatically make them the right candidate to be a good principal. Whether or not this man was a good teacher or a good principal is not in question. He simply wasn’t a good person. Read More

Restless Teen

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, Author True-Crime ResearchWhile schools have been closed due to COVID-19, state and federal judicial systems are continuing to deliver sentences for crimes related to schools.

BLOG POST #231: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a bored teenager.

Small towns make restless teenagers, especially in the summer, when schools aren’t in session. I get it—I was a bored teen growing up in a small, rural town. But destructive acts are not the answer.

Male body parts, racial slurs, swastikas, ‘88’ (a Hitler reference), and obscene comments about a woman were painted on local schools. The racial slurs bumped the misdemeanor crimes to hate crimes—felonies. Read More

The Boy With No Friends

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True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates. Posts about real school tragedy, crime, and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons, Author websiteEven in a small rural community with a population of approximately 5,000 people, schools are also vulnerable to a school shooting.

Whether you live in a large urban area or a small rural town, if you have children in school, you’ll find this case interesting.

BLOG POST #217: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a 14-year-old school shooter. Read More