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David's Law being considered for revision to enhance compromised items

WOAI

It's been over a year since anti-bullying legislation known as David's Law passed. Now plans are in the works to consider revising the bill and enhancing certain parts.

"There's going to be a lot of conversations this legislative session regarding school safety and bullying I believe will come up in part of that conversation," said Maurine Molak.

The bill is named in honor of David Molak, a 16-year-old Alamo Heights teen who took his own life after being harassed by cyber-bullying for a prolonged period of time.

His mother Maurine has used her heartbreak to fuel a mission. Her latest push for change is considering modifying David's Law. She wants to revisit certain parts of the law that had to be compromised on to get the original drafted bill passed.

One item she would like to see changed is a section on "suicide baiting."

"Suicide baiting would be someone saying 'go kill yourself, the world would be a better place without you, why don't you just take your own life because no one in this world likes you. You are a disgusting piece of blame, Just off yourself,'" said Maurine.

When David's Law passed, the original draft proposed that type of taunting that leads to a person taking their own life or serious bodily injury should be considered a felony. It made it into the bill only as a class-A misdemeanor.

"When you are harassing, stalking and cyberbullying, baiting somebody to taking their own life - in many instances, it's even more powerful than taking a gun to someone's head," said David's Legacy Foundation Board of Directors, Trish DeBerry.

It's one of several items that the David's Legacy Foundation and their team were forced to compromise on.

The original draft also asked to allow students, faculty and parents to report bullying anonymously.

"And that got taken out of the law. What got left in what that students could anonymously report but schools didn't have to let parents and faculty be anonymous to report so I would like to see a conversation about including that again," said Molak.

To learn more about David's story and the David's Legacy Foundation, click here.



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