Texas Law Makers To Make Cyberbullying a Crime

Teenage Girl Victim Of Bullying By Text Messaging

Cyberbullying is still on the rise in Texas. Luckily, officials are ready to crack down and take a stance against bullying in schools.

Lawmakers are currently working on a proposal that will make cyberbullying a crime in schools across the state.

The bill is being proposed by Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, who plans to name it after David Molak, the San Antonio teen who committed suicide in January after months of continuous cyberbullying.

Earlier this year, the Bexar County District Attorney announced it wouldn’t pursue criminal charges against the alleged bullies, a decision that both confused and upset Molak’s family.

“Unfortunately, it’s clear there were roadblocks that inhibited their investigation that we hope to address through legislation,” the Molak family said in a statement. “The laws regarding this new type of social media harassment simply have not kept up with the times.”

“Although extremely disappointed, it has only made our family more determined to pursue David’s Law that will ensure cyber bullying is a punishable offense in order to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.”

Following the decision, Menendez announced his plan to propose the bill, named “David’s Law.” In addition to defining cyberbullying as a crime, schools will be required to have a policy against it and will have the power to investigate bullying that occurs off-campus.

State Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San Antonio, filed the same bill in the Texas House of Representatives. Both chambers must approve the measure for it to advance to the next level of the process. <Source>

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