Bullying and the victims: Onteora program leads our writer to confront her own nightmares

John Halligan is the father of Ryan, a boy who took his own life on October 7, 2003 at the age of 13. Attending Middle School in Essex Junction Vermont, Ryan was bullied beginning in fifth grade, during a time in which, describes Halligan, a change takes place in children, when a “meanness,” and “nastiness,” sets in; when lines are drawn and cliques are formed.

His was the story that unfolded during an assembly given to Onteora High School students on Thursday morning, December 1. I attended the assembly, wanting to report on my own experience with bullying. It never . . .


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