Stand Up Against Bullying: Three Events This Week Can Help Make a Difference


Ryan Halligan, 13, committed suicide following repeated bullying by his classmates. His father, John Halligan, is in Orlando this week to help parents, teachers and students prevent this from happening to other children.

Each year, approximately 2.7 million students are bullied by 2.1 million students who verbally, physically or emotionally abuse their classmates. In addition, nearly 15% of students who skip school do so because of a fear of being bullied. Even more alarming, a study by the Yale University School of Medicine found a distinct link between bullying and childhood suicide.

To help turn the tide on this serious problem, John Halligan, a Vermont father whose 13-year-old son, Ryan, took his life due to repeated bullying, is in Orlando this week to speak to parents, teachers, students and others.

Three free sessions, which will discuss the signs of bullying, cyber bullying, prevention and teen depression, will be held:

  • Weds. Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood, FL  32750
  • Thurs., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Horizon Middle School, 2020 Ham Brown Rd., Kissimmee, FL  34746
  • Thurs., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL  32804

The events are sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida and are funded in part by the Community Investment Funds of the Community Foundation of Central Florida and Dr. Phillips Charities.

For more information, please call the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida at 407-628-0555.

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