An Excerpt from Tortured and Tormented creating a school shooter

The teacher calls roll. As she speaks each name, she has us move to newly assigned seats. Angelo’s last name begins with an “A” mine with an “M” — we are no longer near one another.  

I feel afraid. Not the fear some of the other children express, but the fear of being alone. I hear those next to me whispering and giggling. I try to ignore it. They begin speaking louder. My initial enthusiasm dims. I try to hide within myself.  

It is no use.  

The whispering changes and they are now speaking louder.  


The student closest grabs my stomach. A tear streaks down my cheek. The teacher hears and yells. The others, for the moment, stop making fun of me. 


“Who am I?”

I am an independent, self-published teller of tales,
an author of scarcely any renown.
However, as a storyteller, I know who I am,
and with that persona,
I am both confident and comfortable.

I invite you to visit my website,

and/or Amazon Author Pages

Joe Leonardi                 Scono Sciuto

if you are so inclined please purchase a copy and leave a review.

Thank you,


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