Windsor High School Students Hear From Father Who Lost Son to Bullying
A father who lost his 13-year-old son to bullying visited Windsor High School today to tell their story to freshmen and sophomores.
John Halligan – whose son, Ryan, committed suicide in 2003 – since has devoted his life to raising awareness of the devastating effects that can occur as a result of bullying. His comments were emotional and candid, while poignant photos and videos from Ryan’s childhood appeared above him on a large screen.
A GROUP OF STUDENTS IN WINDSOR HIGH SCHOOL’S SEMINAR PROGRAM INVITED HALLIGAN to come and they coordinated the program, with the assistance of teacher Carla Brigandi. The event was partially funded through a grant from the Windsor Education Foundation.
Halligan, a Vermont resident, travels around the U.S. speaking with students, telling the story of his family and about the need for more education and prevention of bullying, cyber bullying and teen suicide. In memory of his son, Halligan spearheaded the Vermont Bully Prevention bill which was signed into law (ACT117) in May 2004, 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.