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How do you POPO?

Peace Out, Purple Out Week 2014-2015 kicked off with a powerful presentation by speaker, John Halligan. Mr. Halligan lost his son to suicide after being bullied. He talked to all the students and then provided an informational program that evening to all parents. Parents that attended learned how to talk to their children about cyber-bullying , internet safety, and social media relationships. Throughout the week, students participated in activities focusing on being a part of the solution to bullying. This included various events hosted by the school counselors and several related arts teachers. Ms. Chase’s art classes, along with the PTSO, made posters and banners and purple decorations to hang all over the school with slogans against bullying. Each day, the morning broadcast featured videos of WMS students reminding everyone to stand up for each other and do what is right. One such video included Ms. Sturgis’s chorus class performing the song “Fearless”.
POPO shirts were sold, and the week concluded with students coming to school Friday dressed in purple and signing a banner, pledging to stand up to bullying. One seventh grade student stated, “I think it is really important that we make people aware of how they can help kids being bullied.” Peace Out, Purple Out Fridays will occur monthly throughout the school year. If you would like to know more about how you can help your student with a bullying issue, please contact our school guidance department.

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Touched by "Ryan's Story"

On October 7, 2003, John and Kelly Halligan lost their thirteen-year-old son, Ryan, to suicide. After his death, it was discovered that Ryan had been ridiculed and humiliated by his peers at school and online. On Tuesday, September 15, all WMS students were able to hear "Ryan's Story" which provided perspective from inside a family of a child who is a victim of bullying and cyber-bullying.  Parents were also invited to hear Halligan's presentation that night.  He spoke on the significance of open communication and internet safety as well as the importance of forgiveness.  

Before and after the presentation, students took part in classroom activities and discussions.  This information is shared with the school counselors who will kickoff WMS's own anti-bullying campaign "Peace Out, Purple Out" next week.  For more information or details about "Ryan's Story", please visit http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/


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