Investigations, arrests show how new law protects students against cyberbullying

HOUSTON – Channel 2 Investigates asked local school districts if they had received any complaints about cyberbullying since David’s Law took effect on Sept. 1. We also asked if any of those complaints resulted in law enforcement investigations or arrests.

As reported in the story above, the Katy Independent School District referred two incidents to law enforcement agencies for investigation.

The Dickinson Independent School District referred two cases to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. The cases resulted in the arrests of two students.

The Cleveland Independent School District said seven suspected cases of cyberbullying have been reported to the school district. It referred four of the cases to law enforcement agencies for investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a student for invasive visual recording in a school bathroom.

The Clear Creek Independent School District said it has received five reports of cyberbullying since the law took effect, but none were referred to law enforcement agencies.

Houston Independent School District said it has received 133 reports of bullying in its schools since classes began in September. As it stands now, the district’s tracking mechanism does not distinguish between cyberbullying and other types of bullying. As part of its commitment to comply with the new legislation, district spokesman Terry Clemons told KPRC 2 News on Monday that the district is working internally on a new system to better track bullying and cyberbullying.

SB 179, David’s Law

David’s Law protects children against cyberbullying in many ways by requiring public schools to adopt a policy that, among other things: