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Texas House passes anti-cyberbullying bill David's Law, 130-11

David Molak (Photo: Courtesy of Molak family)

David's Law passed the Texas House Friday. The vote was 130-11.

Some changes were made, and the bill will now go back to the Senate.

Senate Bill 179 is meant to crack down on online bullying in state schools. It's also known as David's Law and is named for David Molak, a local student who took his own life at just 16 years old. His family says he was tortured by cyberbullies from Alamo Heights High School.

The bill would require public schools to establish methods for students to anonymously report cyberbullying. School administrators would then have 24 hours to report the bullying to the victim’s parents, followed by a report to the bully’s parents.

SB 179 also creates a criminal offense, starting with a class B misdemeanor, with up to six months in jail, rising to a class A misdemeanor, with up to one year in jail, for those previously convicted of cyberbullying or if the bullying was done toward a victim under age 18 with the intent to provoke a suicide or self-harm.

Make It Stop

One out of every four teens in America has been bullied at some point in their young lives, but these days bullying doesn't only happen on playgrounds or in schools. It also happens online.

Since the death of David Molak, Fox San Antonio and News 4 San Antonio have committed to fight cyberbullying through the 'Make It Stop' series. We will focus on stories that help raise awareness of the problem and ways to stop it.

Bullies can hide anytime behind a social media profile and potential victims will remain vulnerable if we don't stand together as a community to do something about it.

Check out more of our Make It Stop stories and connect with us on Facebook.

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