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Ryan's story.

posted Mar 8, 2015, 5:55 PM by David Ortiz   [ updated Mar 8, 2015, 5:57 PM ]

Family and Friends of Masterman are cordially invited to participate on March 16th in a parent discussion about bullying, cyber bullying and lessons learned from a parent's perspective.  Our guest speaker will be Mr. John Halligan. The student version of this presentation will be led by Mr. Halligan to our entire student body earlier in the day.


Event Details

Place: Masterman Library

Date: March 16th

Time: 6 to 8PM, including Q&A

Host: Masterman Home & School Association (“HSA”)/Social Committee

Event Coordinators: Ms. Jessica Brown and HSA

Entrance Fee: None and light refreshments will be provided at no cost

Information about the Speaker and his Story: John Halligan*


*John and Kelly Halligan lost their thirteen year old son, Ryan, to suicide on October 7, 2003. At the time of his death, Ryan was a student at a middle school in Essex Junction, Vermont. It was revealed in much greater detail after Ryan's death that he was ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and on-line.


In memory of his son, John spearheaded the Vermont Bully Prevention bill which was signed into law (ACT117) in May 2004 and 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.