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Transcript of Ryan Halligan
For More Information about Ryan Halligan and his journey, check out:
His Life Before
He did not do as well in academics as his classmates
He became hard on himself and pushed forward towards fitting in with his peers
Parents continually told him that there was nothing wrong with the way he was
A bullying problem arose not making a big concern because it was an on and off issue
Not until 7th grade did the bullying problem take a significant turn.
His Impact on Laws
Montpelier, Vt., May 18, 2004--Governor Jim Douglas signed into law a bill establishing bullying prevention procedures for schools. Governor Douglas said the measure is the result of efforts by those who have worked to raise awareness about bullying and its effects on children.
Past The Breaking Point:
The Story of Ryan Halligan
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York
Ryan Halligan showed early difficulties with speech, language, and motor skills.
He received specialized education services until he entered 5th grade.
He was a sweet, kind, sensitive boy.
Bullying and Cyberbullying were significant factors that developed Ryan’s depression.
His parents feel that his middle school environment was toxic
October 7, 2003: Ryan Halligan committed suicide
13 years old
hanged himself in the family bathroom
involved in a brawl with a bully
the two became “friends”
parents disapproved of the relationship warned Ryan of all the problems the bully had previously caused him
became the bully again
started a rumor that Ryan was gay
Starting Iming a popular girl
Made mistake of trusting her
The school year started again, Ryan came face to face with his “girlfriend”
She was using him to get personal stories to embarrass him
copy and pasted his stories into other conversations with her friends
Ryan Halligan (1989-2003) was a very sweet and caring boy who had the world at his fingertips. Unfortunately, he became engulfed by the international phenomenon that is bullying.