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Former Rapid City Mayor Pens Short Story


"I Fled," a short story about a young man with a severe stuttering problem, is an example of the stress, discomfort, and frustration such circumstances present to a young person. In this case, the 8th grader, under severe strain within his English class, flees from his hometown school to find help, counseling, and therapy in a distant city. The educational theme of this story is a fictionalized story about one methodology of therapy that proved to be enormously helpful to Don Barnett in the 1950s. Barnett was a successful public servant as Mayor of Rapid City, South Dakota in the 1970s. His election occurred only 11 years following five years of positive therapy with a skilled therapist during his teen years. For more information on Barnett's book, visit the website: http://www.stutteringteasingandtorment.com/.