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Olweus Bullying Prevention Program – During the 2011-2012 school year, Des Plaines School District 62 implementied the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This research-based program has been approved by our Board of Education and supports a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Learn more...

For assistance with bullying prevention please contact:

Peter Martin, Social Worker
(847) 824-1532, or

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Bullying Prevention

Anti-Bullying Expert to Return to D62

Three years ago, anti-bullying expert John Halligan shared Ryan’s Story, the tragic story of his 13-year old son Ryan’s struggle with cyber-bullying and suicide, with District 62 school middle school students. Friday, January 17, 2014, Halligan returns to talk to student about the effects of bullying on its victims and bystanders especially cyber bullying and what he has learned since his last visit.

The assemblies, which are funded by the District 62 Foundation, will take place from 8:05 – 9:30 AM at Algonquin Middle School, 767 E. Algonquin Rd; 10 – 11:30 AM at Iroquois Community School, 1836 Touhy; and 1:15 – 2:45 PM at Chippewa Middle School, 123 N. Eighth Avenue.

When Halligan spoke to students before, students responded with nodding heads, tears, and hugs. Many of them were so moved that they attended an evening presentation given by Halligan. The audience embraced the lessons that Halligan learned from his family’s ordeal, as well as strategies and insights that students could use. Halligan’s direct, but soft-spoken demeanor resonated so much with students, that middle school administrators requested his return this year to assist students who were elementary school students during his first visit.

During the presentation, Halligan will discuss the consequences of being the perpetrator or receiver of bullying. He will also discuss the role of bystanders and the importance of students talking with their parents, teachers, and/or school administrators when bullying begins. Halligan will answer student questions.

Please visit for more information about Ryan’s Story and to learn more bout bullying, depression, and suicide prevention.

The Des Plaines School District 62 Foundation exists to provide a continuing organization outside the public school system to preserve and enhance educational opportunities for all children attending a Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62 facility. Through the work of community and district volunteers, the District 62 Foundation:

  • Broadens community support for public education in School District 62
  • Develops links among business, government, and civic organizations that will enhance community support of programs and activities for students served by School District 62
  • Provides grants to School District 62 staff members for programs and projects during the school day
  • Provides grants to support and expand the after-school programs and activities in School District 62
  • Provides financial support for improved facilities, new educational programs, scholarships, and other suitable and worthwhile projects and activities in order to preserve and enhance educational opportunities for the children of School District 62

PBIS Videos – Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible
As part of Iroquois Community School's bully prevention program the staff and students produced this video titled, "It Happens Here", to best educate all stakeholders on what bullying is and to emphasize that by working together great change can occur.

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