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CHS Recognizes Anti-Bullying Week
CHS recognized Anti-Bullying Week March 23-27. A variety of activities were planned throughout the week to raise awareness of the dangerous effects of bullying. The Student Council issued a Kindness Challenge encouraging classmates to show each other acts of kindness - not just this week, but at all times. Classes and clubs were invited to participate in a banner-making contest to raise anti-bullying awareness and the banners were displayed in the main hall. Daily anti-bullying presentations were shown during lunches including anti-bullying commercials created by the film production classes.
Guest speaker John Halligan spoke to all the students in a special assembly on March 23.
In October of 2003, Halligan and his wife lost their 13 year old son Ryan to suicide due to bullying. As a result, Mr. Halligan spearheaded the Vermont Bully Prevention bill which was signed into law (ACT117). He also successfully led the passage of the law pertaining to mandatory suicide prevention education in public schools (ACT 114). He has made numerous television appearances on shows including Good Morning America, The CBS Early Morning Show, Oprah, and PrimeTime with Diane Sawyer.
In addition to speaking to students during the day, Mr. Halligan also gave an evening presentation to parents. He has been outspoken about the need for more education and prevention of bullying, cyber bullying, and teen suicide.
For more information on anti-bullying, visit http://www.stopbullying.gov/ . For more information on the Halligan family, visit http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/about/about.htm .
Written by: Paula White
Posted: Mar 30, 2015 by Paula White