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Ryan's Story Returns to Mansfield Tonight

QMS PAC (Qualters Middle School Parent Advisory Council) is pleased to present Ryan’s Story – A Story Every Parent Needs to Hear

John and Kelly Halligan lost their thirteen year old son, Ryan, to suicide on October 7, 2003. At the time of his death, Ryan was a student at a middle school in Essex Junction, Vermont. It was revealed in much greater detail after Ryan’s death that he was ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and on-line.

Vermont Bully Prevention bill which was signed into law (ACT117) in May 2004 and only a few months after Ryan’s death . He also successfully led the passage of the law pertaining to mandatory suicide prevention education in public schools (ACT 114) in April 2006.

John has been outspoken about the need for more education and prevention of bullying, cyber bullying and teen suicide throughout the United States and Canada. His son’s story and his accomplishments in response to this tragedy have been told world-wide by print, radio and TV including:

His student presentation begins with video of home movie clips and pictures of Ryan as a very powerful way of introducing his son. John then begins to tell the story of Ryan’s life and the factors that led up to his son’s suicide. The audience gains a unique perspective from inside a family of a child who is a victim of bullying and cyber bullying. They also gain a deeper understanding of the devastating impact of a teen suicide on a family. There are many powerful life lessons imparted, including forgiveness and finding ways to turn a tragedy into hope for others.

For his work in Ryan's memory, he has received community services awards from United Way of Vermont, Children Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) of New York, Kids Safe Collaborative of Vermont, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Vermont and the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award.  (Pictured here with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III).

The parent's event will take place on January 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mansfield High School auditorium while student presentations for sixth and seventh graders will be shown on January 29 at Qualters Middle School.

For more information:  http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/index.htm

Tina Mqs January 29, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I hope the people that need to hear this will change their ways, and I hope parents will keep an eye out- not just for the victims' symptoms, but those of the kids who bully as well. Bullying isn't the same these days as it used to be. Intimidation and ugliness are all over the schools here just like in any bigger city, it just usually doesn't come with the physical signs such as bruises or cuts from a physical fight. Often no physical signs are seen until it's too late for the bullying person, the victim, or in some cases, a greater number of people who pay the price, as we see in the news often enough. Parents- don't assume your kids are immune to being bully or victim. Kids- call your bullying peers out. Peer pressure can be a good thing, and often it's the kids who are in a better position to see it and stop it on the spot when it happens.

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