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

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

Bully At The Top Of The Stairs

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Kids are mean. It’s a fact. I’m talking about bullies. Something has to be done to stop bullying.

Should schools deal with bullying when it occurs on school grounds? Should schools be held liable when injuries result from bullying on school grounds?

BLOG POST #142: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an elementary school bully.

Young Bully

The victim began being bullied in the first grade. The bullying reached a dangerous level when the boy was in fourth grade.

To address budget cuts, many schools have reduced nonessential positions such as hall monitors. When schools have hall monitors, does that lower the incidents of bullying? It’s impossible to know. There weren’t hall monitors at the school in this case.

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The School Principal’s Double Life

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

BLOG POST #78: This week I’m sharing my research on a 33-year-old elementary school principal.

The month-and-a-half long investigation began with an anonymous tip about the school principal’s brother.

A search of the brother’s home found heroin and methamphetamine. From that drug bust, law enforcement learned of the school principal’s involvement.

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Shameful Guidance

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

BLOG POST #72: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a 36-year-old high school guidance counselor.

The inappropriate relationship between the guidance counselor and a male student was brought to the attention of the school district administration through an anonymous tip.

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