Woodland Middle School Hosts Ryan’s Story

Woodland Middle School Hosts Ryan’s Story photo
Sixth-graders at Woodland Middle School learned a valuable lesson about the effects bullying can have on students and their families when they attended a “Ryan’s Story” assembly.  

Ryan’s Story is an anti-bullying program based on the life and death of 13-year-old Ryan Halligan, who committed suicide in 2003 due to depression and constant bullying. 

In an emotional presentation that included a slideshow of Ryan throughout the years, Ryan’s father, John Halligan, recounted the story of his son’s life and the ridicule he endured. He described the devastating impact his son’s suicide has had on his family and discussed the power of forgiveness.  He also encouraged the sixth-graders to stand up to friends who may be unkind to others.