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Mineola Schools to Host Anti-Bullying Workshops for Parents

John Halligan to present program based on life of son who committed suicide due to bullying.

The Mineola Union Free School District is hosting Ryan’s Story, an anti-bullying program for both parents and students on March 13.

The program is based on Ryan Halligan, a 13-year-old middle school student from Vermont who committed suicide in 2003 because of bullying. Ryan’s father, John Halligan, will recount the story of his son’s life, the ridicule he endured, the devastating impact that his son’s suicide has had on his life and the power of forgiveness.

Halligan will be speaking on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Mineola Middle School auditorium. Parents of students in any grade who are residents of the Mineola Union Free School District may attend this free and powerful forum.

Halligan will also be giving a speech specifically aimed at students as well, however, the two events are not the same and the parental forum is specifically designed for the older set.

nicole matzer February 27, 2013 at 03:54 PM
The student presentation, (5th - 8th grade students of Mineola Public Schools) will take place the morning of March 13. The 7:00p.m. parent presentation, is open to all parents of the district. This is an adult only presentation. This is a meaningful and powerful presentation. We strongly encourage parents to attend. Nicole Matzer Mary Desiderio CoPresidents, Mineola District Council of PTA's
Team Dawg March 01, 2013 at 11:25 PM
As character education authors and workshop presenters at the elementary school level, we at Team Dawg applaud the efforts of all who raise awareness and work toward a solution for bullying. The fact remains that there is no one answer to the problem. Mr. Halligan , you have our thoughts , prayers and thanks for helping to make a difference.

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