West Hartford News, April 6, 2015
"Northwest Catholic will be visited by John Halligan April 8 at 7 p.m., to present a program titled 'Bullying, Technology, and Teen Depression.' The program, aimed at educating parents on bullying and cyberbullying, will cover current social media teen issues, depression and suicide statistics. Halligan lost his son, Ryan, to suicide on October 7, 2003 at the age of 13.
At the time of his death, Ryan was a student at a middle school in Vermont. It was revealed in great detail after Ryan’s death that he was ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and on-line.
In memory of his son and in just a few months after Ryan’s death, Halligan spearheaded the Vermont Bullying Prevention law in 2004. He also led the passing of a law in 2006 pertaining to suicide prevention education in public schools." Read More.
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