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Bullying. My Friend Donna Dillion Speaks Out

September 24, 2014

 

The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture is an important  work because of its content and subject matter. It’s not an easy, fun read, but is a book that every student, teacher and child advocate should read. Donna is very passionate to do what she can to stop bullying in the school system and MKSP has joined her in her quest.

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Donna’s book, The Snake Pit: Jr. High Can Be Torture, what is it about?

Cinda doesn’t look like other twelve-year-old girls. A facial defect, and the surgery to correct it has left her face scarred and disfigured. When she walks into Hargrove Junior High for the first time, Cinda knows the other kids won’t see how smart she is, or what a good friend she could be. The other kids will see her as a monster, and her life will be torture.

The school cafeteria, or The Snake Pit, as the kids call it, is the prime location for bullying. One pretty girl in particular takes an instant dislike to Cinda. Day after day she is pushed, tripped, and laughed at. Not all the other kids bully her, but only one tries to help.

Charlene Carsten is Cinda’s only friend. She tries to stop the bullying, but the other kids won’t listen. She tries to tell the Principal, but he only sees what he wants to. She tries to tell the teachers, but they all say the same thing, “kids will be kids.”

When Cinda falls victim to a vicious prank at a school dance, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.

 

Donna, why did you write this particular book? Does it have some personal significance?

Cinda, the character in my book The Snake Pit was born with a cleft palate, and so was I. The things that happen in the book are fictional, but how she felt was exactly how I felt growing up. Being bullied for something you can’t possibly help, or change, is horrible. I chose to turn it into something positive, but many bullied children do not. I’m 47 years old now. I can still hear the bullies’ voices in my head. But the thing I remember the most, the thing that bothers me the most: the silence from those who just stood by and let it happen, and did nothing to stop it. That is why I wrote this book.

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Donna, would you please introduce yourself?

Hello everyone! I am Donna Dillon: Author, Illustrator, and M&M connoisseur. I am the author of 5 and 1/4 books thus far. I have been writing in the young adult genre with The Snake Pit and Return to the Snake Pit which both deal with bullying in the public schools, and the children’s genre with Why Did It Have to Rain Today? and My Special Christmas Child. My new book is a leap into the thriller/suspense genre so I’m anxious to finish and see how that goes.

 

Just for fun, please share five things people might not know about you!

  1. I can ride a unicycle.
  2. I can write as fast backwards as I can forward.
  3. I once played Miss Mona is a stage production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
  4. I can’t breathe through my nose and I have never had a sense of smell. I can taste, though, don’t ask me why, it’s a mystery.
  5. When I was 22 I was flown out to Hollywood and made a make up commercial for Victoria Jackson cosmetics that you can still catch on TV late at night. I also met Johnny Depp and had my picture taken with Heavy D on that same trip. 

     

    This book is one that everyone, parents, teachers, students, and anyone who works with or loves kids should read. Please get it and read it yourself, and consider giving it as a gift to anyone, especially kids, who might benefit from it. Best of luck with it, Donna! 

     

     

     

     

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    One Comment
    1. Donna Dillon-Truckenbrod permalink

      Thank you, DeEtte! It’s wonderful!

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