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Anti-Bullying Advocate To Make Presentation in Valhalla

Anti-bulllying advocate John Halligan, whose son, (pictured), committed suicide, will make a presentation in Valhalla at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1.
Anti-bulllying advocate John Halligan, whose son, (pictured), committed suicide, will make a presentation in Valhalla at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1. Photo Credit: Valhalla School District. H

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- The Valhalla Union Free School District has once again partnered with guest speaker John Halligan for a special parent presentation.

On Oct. 1, parents in the Valhalla community are invited to hear “Bullying, Cyberbullying and Youth Depression."

It will take place at 7 p.m. in the Valhalla Middle High School auditorium, 300 Columbus Ave.

It will be delivered by returning speaker John Halligan. Halligan’s son, Ryan, committed suicide on Oct. 7, 2003 at the age of 13 after incessant bullying by his classmates at school and online in Vermont.

Halligan’s presentation will discuss the lessons he and his family learned following his son's death.

He will also teach families tools to deal with bullying, cyberbullying and teenage depression so that they can take preventative actions with their own children.

Halligan wrote Vermont’s Suicide Prevention Law, which mandates public schools to teach about depression and suicide.

For questions regarding the presentation, contact VMHS Assistant Principal Kevin McLeod at 914-683-5000 or send an email to kmcleod@valhallaschools.org.

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