Cyberbullying bill OK'd by Texas Senate committee

'David's Law' aimed at preventing, combating cyberbullying

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor
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SAN ANTONIO - A bill aimed at preventing and combating cyberbullying in Texas was unanimously approved Thursday by the Senate Committee on State Affairs.

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Senate Bill 179, also known as "David's Law," now heads to the full senate to be voted on at a later date, state Sen. Jose Menéndez, of San Antonio, said Friday in a statement.

The bill, which requires school districts across the state to include cyberbullying policies in their district policies, is being championed by the parents of David Molak, an Alamo Heights High School student who committed suicide after he was attacked on social media and through text messages.

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"Yesterday was an important day for Texas students and victims of cyberbullying," Menendez said. "Members of the State Affairs Committee made a thoughtful decision after hearing emotional testimony from families who lost a child. I want to thank the senators of that committee for helping us advance this cause.

"David's Law is an important bill that prevents and combats cyberbullying. It focuses on measures that deter egregious behavior and offers consequences when the bully crosses a line. The Texas Legislature must stand up to bullies and pass Senate Bill 179."

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