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'David's Law' looks to stop cyber bullying at the source

"David's Law" is named after David Molak, a 16-year-old from San Antonio who took his own life in January. (News 4 San Antonio file photo)

Just 10 months after their son's suicide, a Texas family will join state lawmakers to file a bill aiming to fight and prevent cyber bullying.

"David's Law" is named after David Molak, a 16-year-old from San Antonio who took his own life in January. David's family says he was the victim of relentless online attacks.


"When I was growing up, I could leave the school and leave my bullies behind, go to the safety of my house," State Senator José Menéndez, who will file the bill Monday, said.

"Unfortunately in this day and age, the bullies are following the kids home in their iPhones or their smartphones and their iPads and their computers."

"David's Law" would give school districts the power to intervene in bullying even if the attacks don't occur on school grounds. It would also give law enforcement the ability to track anonymous attacks, getting to the source of the attack.

"It's easier to know whether your child is the victim of bullying but I would want to know if my child was the bully or the aggressor so I could have a conversation and ask them why are they doing this,"Menéndez said.

In addition to the Molak Family, the Vasquez Family will also be present to file the bill Monday. Their son, Matt, was harassed online while undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. Matt was able to overcome both the bullying and cancer and is now a senior.

Senator Menéndez, State Representative Ina Minjarez, the Molak Family and the Vasquez Family filed"David's Law" at 1 p.m. Monday at the State Capitol.

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