500 students from 30 school districts made history on Compassion Without Borders day in Suffolk County NY. The theme: Empathy & Forgiveness as Leadership Traits. Breaking the Cycle's Johann Christoph Arnold, Hashim Garrett and Charles Williams gave a keynote address, students hosted breakout sessions of debate and inspiration, and Dr. Timothy Hearney threw the audience a closing challenge: "How many of you are holding a grudge against someone? I ask you to find that person and reach out...You could change the culture of your school. Leave an imprint. Be a leader. Forgive!

 Dr. Timothy Hearney is Vice President of Suffolk County HS Principals' Association