by Dylan Buckley
According to a news report on WFAA 8 ABC, The Texas House of Representatives recently passed an anti-cyberbullying law on May 12th. The bill is named after David Molak, a 16-year-old victim of cyberbullying from San Antonio who took is life last year, and will allow schools and courts to take action against cyberbullies.
Through the bill, any injury or suicide of a minor due to cyberbullying becomes a misdemeanor and courts can reveal the identities of the bullies. Public schools will be held responsible for reporting any bullying and intervening should it happen.
One of the Representatives, Wayne Faircloth, made this comment before the final vote was made:
“Within the last six months, we’ve had two young people take their lives as a result of the fact that someone else saw it necessary to make themselves feel powerful by demeaning, demoralizing, driving someone to the brink of extinction. If we could alleviate for one second the suffering that these families have to endure for the rest of their life, we should do that.”
The bill has been slightly altered and has been sent over to the Senate.
The NSV Blog with NoSchoolViolence.org will keep an eye on this story and keep our readers updated once we hear any more news.