Xavier has a comprehensive bullying and harassment policy that aims to have its students treat each other with dignity and respect.
Every year the efforts are geared toward students and parents, and focused on raising awareness about bullying and cyber-bullying, Dean of Students Nick Cerreta says.
So once again the school will bring in Mr. John Halligan for a presentation to freshmen and transfer students on Nov. 5 during the school day. That night Halligan will deliver a presentation to parents from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Xavier gym.
In a letter to parents, Cerreta wrote that Halligan "will relay his own tragic experience as a Dad whose 13-year-old son took his own life in 2003, after incessant bullying by peers since the 5th grade, both in school and online. His story is riveting and powerful, and reminds students that there is a face, a person, a heart, on the other end of the computer screen."
For more information, students and parents are encouraged to visit the website name for his son (www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org).
"We strongly encourage all parents who have yet to see his presentation to attend," Cerreta said. "Those parents who have attended in previous years could not say enough about the presentation. They found it highly valuable as they continue to raise their teenage sons in today's society. Mr. Halligan not only delivers a powerful story but also provides parents with strategies that they can use with their own children when it comes to bullying, proper social media use, and teen depression.
"Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, we wanted to inform parents of freshmen and transfer students about the presentation in advance. We encourage you to ask your child, as our parents have done in previous years, about the presentation and discuss it together, especially after seeing it for yourself."
For questions, contact Cerreta at 860-346-7735, ext. 785, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Xavier is a private, Catholic all-boys high school in Middletown, CT., and a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School.