HOUSTON – With school back in full swing, keeping students safe on campus and off is top of mind.
Keeping them safe when texting or using social media on-campus or off is the goal of David's Law. It is named for David Molak, an Alamo Heights teen that committed suicide after a being cyberbullied.
David's Law went into effect Sept. 1, 2017.
It protects children against cyberbullying in many ways by requiring public schools to adopt a policy that, among other things:
- Prohibits the bullying of any student.
- Prohibits retaliation against victims, witnesses or another person who in good faith provides information about bullying incidents.
- Requires the notification of the alleged victim’s parent or guardian on or before the third business day after the incident is reported.
- Requires that the parent or guardian of the alleged bully is notified within a reasonable amount of time after an incident.
- Establishes the actions a student should take to get assistance and intervention in cases of bullying.
- Establishes procedures for anonymously reporting bullying.
- Prohibits disciplinary measures against a student found to be the victim of bullying that used reasonable self-defense in response to the bullying.
Serenity is starting high school this year. She told Channel 2 Investigates that during middle school, hateful social media posts and nasty text messages, some from kids she didn't even know made her consider suicide.
"When I first started middle school I was getting threats like, I'm gonna beat you up, or like, you ugly, and your skin color is extra dark and nobody will like you," she said.
When it first started she said, "I was just like I was embarrassed so I didn't want to tell anybody about it. I just kept it in."