Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Youth Depression Speaker
On October 7th, 2003, John Halligan lost his 13-year-old son, Ryan, to suicide. It was revealed in greater detail, after Ryan’s death, that he was ridiculed and humiliated by his peers at his middle school in Vermont and online. Just a few months after Ryan’s death, Halligan spearheaded the Vermont Bullying Prevention law in 2004, in honor of his son Ryan. He also led the passing of a law in 2006 which requires education about suicide prevention in public schools.
Halligan has made it his life’s work to spread the need for awareness and prevention of bullying, cyberbullying, and teen suicide – not only in the US, but in Canada and Latin America. He and his wife, Kelly, have appeared on several national TV programs, including Oprah, Primetime with Diane Sawyer, and PBS Frontline. Halligan has spoken to over 1,800 schools spreading his message of hope and kindness.
Halligan will be presenting to students North Side Middle School, Pierre Moran Middle School, and West Side Middle School on October 22 and October 23.
On October 22 at 7:00pm, parents and the community are welcome to come to the Elkhart Area Career Center auditorium to hear the Halligan’s story. Halligan’s presentation will cover the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression. Parents will be empowered with strategies to take preventive actions with their own children.
Parents or community members with any questions are welcome to contact Todd Kelly at (574) 262-5868.
Read more about Halligan’s story and mission:
Please join us:
Monday, October 22 • 7:00-8:30pm • Elkhart Area Career Center Auditorium