The West Orange Public School District is sponsoring a program for adults titled “Bullying, Cyber bullying and Youth Depression” on Friday, May 13 from 7:30 – 9 pm in the auditorium of West Orange High School. The program is open to the public and free of charge.

The evening will feature John Halligan, an outspoken proponent for more education and prevention on bullying after he and his wife Kelly, lost their 13 year old son Ryan to suicide as a result of being ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and online.  At the time of his death on October 7, 2003 Ryan was 13 years old and attending middle school in Vermont.

Halligan’s presentation will cover the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyber bullying and teen depression. Parents will be empowered with strategies on how to take preventative actions with their own children. The audience will gain a unique perspective from inside a family of a child who was a victim of bullying and cyber bullying; and the devastating impact of a teen suicide on a family.

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John Halligan has appeared on the CBS Early Morning Show, CNN Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, PBS Frontline and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

The West Orange High School Auditorium is located on Pleasant Valley Way near Eagle Rock Avenue. For more information, call (973) 669-5301 ext. 31508.