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Students hope campaign brings cyberbullying to an end

Students at Incarnate Word High School are spending this week focusing on the dangerous epidemic of cyberbullying.

Students at Incarnate Word High School are spending this week focusing on the dangerous epidemic of cyberbullying.

In front of a packed auditorium, Maurine Molak shared her son's story.

David Molak committed suicide in January 2016 at just 16 years old after Maurine said he was cyber-bullied for several months.

"Although we got him counseling and he was hospitalized, he could not handle it," said Maurine.

Since then, the Molaks have made it their mission to spread awareness about the consequences of cyberbullying.

"We have seen an incredible rise in the number of students who have seen cyberbullying," Maurine said.

Adolescent girls are far more likely to experience cyberbullying than boys, according to cyberbullying.org.

Incarnate Word High School freshmen created their own cyberbullying awareness campaign in hopes of educating their peers as well.

They believe hearing David's story will make an impact.

"We'll be able to hear what she has to say and change the way we have an outlook on things," said freshman Sarah LaFrance.

Maurine says she's inspired by them.

"It really takes more than an adult to stand up and tell a sad story. It takes action," Maurine said.

As for David's law -- News 4 San Antonio will continue to follow the developments in Austin and bring the latest updates as they're available.

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