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Father Shares Poignant Anti-Bullying Message

P.J. Gelinas Junior High School students and staff members listened as John Halligan delivered the presentation, Ryan’s Story.
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School students and staff members listened as John Halligan delivered the presentation, Ryan’s Story.

The devastating effects bullying had on his son and their family echoed throughout Ward Melville High School and P.J. Gelinas Junior High School when John Halligan presented the anti-bullying program, Ryan’s Story. 

The workshop, which is based on his son Ryan’s life, told the tale of a 13-year-old middle school student from Vermont who committed suicide in 2003 because of bullying.

Throughout the workshops, Mr. Halligan recounted the story of his son’s life, the ridicule he endured both in school and online, the devastating impact his son’s suicide has had on his life, and the power of forgiveness. After telling his son’s tragic story, Mr. Halligan urged students to have the courage to be upstanders rather than bystanders.

A special program was presented to parents at Ward Melville High School following the in school programs for students.


Photo provided by the Three Village Central School District

Gloria R March 19, 2014 at 06:52 PM
To try to help combat bullying, songs can teach children about kindness and tolerance. The song “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” can be heard on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7WPUtUnRo
2 Turn Tables March 30, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Kids have a lot of external messages thrown at them via the internet, 1000+ TV channels and the broken family. Compassion has to be stressed at home. Too often, parents rely on the school to take care of things.

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