Family of 12-year-old who committed suicide supports bullying law
NEW BRAUNFELS - A Comal County family is speaking out about their daughter's tragic suicide in hopes of changing Texas law.
“We can't allow this to happen to another child, another parent... It needs to stop,” said New Braunfels mom Lilly Scott.
Scott’s daughter, Isabella, was just 12 years old when she took her own life last year.
“We lost our daughter to bullying on August 30th,” she said.
Scott remembers Isabella’s athleticism and her outgoing nature, but she says Isabella had a history of being bullied at school after being diagnosed with epilepsy.
“For some reason that made her vulnerable and she was attacked more for her seizures and would come home crying saying kids would bully her constantly,” Scott said.
Scott says there was an investigation at Isabella’s school after her suicide.
No one was charged, but the case was recently reopened.
The Scotts are now taking a stand by supporting “David's Law”.
The proposed law in Texas would offer more protections for minors against bullying.
It is named in honor of 16-year-old David Molak who committed suicide last year too, after his family said he was cyberbullied.
“This is not just a San Antonio issue, not just a big city issue, this affects the kids all over the state,” said David’s dad, Matt Molak.
Their stories recently caught the attention of the New Braunfels City Council.
On Monday night, council members approved drafting a resolution in support of the law, which they will then send to state lawmakers.
“We're going to do everything we can to make sure the laws are in place so we protect our future generation,” said Comal County Criminal District Attorney Jennifer Tharp.