Bullying, whether in the school yard or on the internet, can hurt the entire family.
John Halligan knows this first-hand. He lost his 13-year-old son, Ryan, to suicide on Oct. 7, 2003, after the boy was bullied by classmates at school and online.
John Halligan will deliver a presentation, "Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Youth Depression" to adults on Monday at Weber Middle School from 7-8:30 p.m. Halligan’s presentation will cover the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression.
The aim of the presentation is to empower parents with strategies to take preventive actions with their children.
Those with with questions are encourged to contact the district's Safety and Substance Abuse Chairpersons Stephanie Joannon at Sjoannon@portnet.k12.ny.us or Karen Sloan at Sloany@optonline.net.