Anti-bullying presenter to speak in Secaucus on Jan. 20

SECAUCUS – John Halligan, international presenter on anti-bullying, will offer three different presentations in the Secaucus Schools on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Halligan’s 13 year-old son, Ryan, committed suicide after enduring four years of bullying and cyberbullying in school. Since that time, Halligan has dedicated his life to speaking with student and adult groups. He stresses the effects of bullying from the perspective of the victim’s family, the understanding that all children are loved by their families beyond what they can comprehend, and the need for bystanders at bullying incidents to step up.
Halligan will offer presentations on Jan. 20 to all middle school students at 8:30 a.m. and to all high school students at 1 p.m. He will facilitate an evening presentation to parents at 7 p.m. titled “If I Could Have a Do-Over: A Father´s Hard-Earned Lessons about Cyberbullying, Depression, and Suicide.”
Each presentation will take place in the Arthur Couch Performing Arts Center, 11 Mill Ridge Rd. All residents of Secaucus and neighboring communities are invited to attend the evening presentation. Parents will be empowered with strategies to take preventative actions with their own children. High School Students are welcome to attend; younger children may attend with their parents or guardians.
Pictured are John Halligan (second from right) with Secaucus Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jerry Green, and Assemblywomen Mila Jasey and Joan Voss after a presentation in Union County.

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