Brave Victim Saves School Bully

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New fictional short story promotes awareness of bullying in schools

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Today’s news continues to bring us stories of students who live in a world of fear, anguish and suicide. Afraid to attend school, a place where children’s dreams and aspirations once flourished, more and more students are dropping out and giving up on their education. A River For Red (published by AuthorHouse) by author Rob Williams tells of this unfortunate experience through a fictionalized short story of a new student facing the school bully and his apathetic classmates.

When Ben Ambrose is forced to move to the U.S. after the death of his mother, he attends a new school with the hopes of making new friends and starting a new life. What Ben gets instead is a fist to the face and a slew of vulgar remarks from the class bully, Red McCarey.

As A River For Red progresses, Ben and his father go camping to get away from Ben’s continued harassment at school. As Ben is exploring the area, he runs into Red and his friends swimming in a swollen mountain river. Moments later Red is drowning and Ben is forced to make a vexing decision: whether to use his rescue training to save Red’s life or to allow his enemy to drown in the raging river before his very eyes and eyes of his friends.

In the end, Ben decides to save his oppressor and displays courage, cool nerve under pressure, and compassion and humility for his tormentor. He shows everyone that knowledge and skill can be far more valuable than size and strength. Williams writes:

Finally, facing Ben, Red awkwardly shoved out his big hand. “Ben if ANYONE EVER gives you trouble again, just remember –I‛m your friend.” “That‛s all I ever wanted, Red ... a friend.” Ben smiled that small fleeting smile.

A River For Red is designed to bring bullying to the attention of children and adults alike. The goal of the book is to promote awareness of bullying in schools, to encourage students to speak out about the issue and to let students know that they are not alone.

About the Author
Rob Williams is 87 years old and lives with his wife Carol in Louisville, Ky. Williams and his wife have four children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Watching current events, the Williams’ have become increasingly concerned about younger generations and the dangers they face every day. As a teacher and mentor to his children, Williams feels impassioned to write about real situations where young people must decide between right or wrong. This is William’s first published work.

For more information, please visit the author’s website at http://www.ariverforred.com    

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