David Molak's mother shares reaction on bill becoming law
SAN ANTONIO - A bill to stop cyber-bullying is now law.
Senate Bill 179 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday.
It was the inspiration for our Make It Stop campaign.
“We were kind of shocked because we didn't know that it was going to happen so fast,” says Maurine Molak, David’s mother.
She says the push for the anti-cyber bullying law is now a reality for her own family and for so many others.
“We just knew that we just had to fight for the strongest bill that we could possibly get out of this session,” adds Molak.
The mother says it has brought light to dark subject that at times can go unknown.
“A year and a half worth of work it would not have been possible without all of the families who have come up and testified and it all started right here at this table,” says Texas Sen. Jose Menendez, District 26.
It now requires public schools to establish methods for students to anonymously report cyber-bullying.
It also allows certain cases to be classified as a criminal offense, which could include jail time.
“We are looking to save lives because the issue of cyber-bullying and sometimes the tragedy of suicide that come with it,” adds Molak.
It's a fight the Molak family continues to spread awareness about through the David's Legacy Foundation.
“We are starting a team board. To be able to just raise awareness and to get kids engaged in the dialogue talking about their feelings when things like this happen,” says Molak.
David's Law will go into effect on Sept. 1st of this year.