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John Halligan Student Assembly & Parent Presentation Info



February 2, 2023


Dear Parent/Guardian,


Osborn R-0 School District is committed to taking proactive steps to combat the problem of bullying, both in schools and online. To raise awareness, renowned international speaker and author Mr. John Halligan will deliver a presentation about his own personal tragedy - his 13-year-old son Ryan, who took his own life in 2003 after being an early victim of cyberbullying as a middle school student. We will be transporting 7th-12th grade students to Stewartsville for this presentation on March 7, 2023.

Through powerful video clips, still pictures, and the story of Ryan's life and the factors that led to his suicide, the students will gain a first-hand perspective of what it means to be affected by bullying and cyberbullying, not only as a target but also as a family and friends of a target. The wrap-up session will educate students on forgiveness, suicide prevention, and the role of bystanders and challenge them to apologize to someone. 

For more information, please visit www.RyansStory.org. We understand the sensitive nature of the topic, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact us Mrs. Kari Teel, Counselor at 816-675-2217 and/or kari.teel@osbornwildcats.org . If you prefer that your child not attend the presentation, please send a written note to Mrs. Teel by March 6th, 2023.




Mrs. Kari Teel

K-12 Counselor




February 2, 2023


Dear Parents and Guardians, 


I invite you to an evening presentation to discuss the intersection of social media and mental health issues in teens. 

The suicide rate among middle and high-school-aged children has increased drastically since the introduction of the smartphone, and cyberbullying has been a significant contributor to this alarming trend. As a principal and parent, I know first-hand how overwhelming and dangerous the misuse of social media can be. 

That is why I booked John Halligan to speak to you. He has developed a presentation about his son, whose heartbreaking story changed his life forever. Through his story, Mr. Halligan has inspired students to reach out before it’s too late. His program has received much praise for its effectiveness in helping parents and children better understand bullying, suicide prevention, and self-advocacy. 


He will tell his son’s story and discuss the above-mentioned critical topics. He will also advise parents and guardians on mitigating potential mental health risks. It would mean a lot to me if you could join us. Please see the attached flyer for more details. 




Mrs. Ida Kemper

K-12 Principal