Alamo Heights superintendent releases statement after student's suicide
David Molak, 16, committed suicide after bullying allegations
SAN ANTONIO – Alamo Heights superintendent Kevin Brown released a statement Monday addressing the recent suicide of student David Molak, 16, amid allegations of bullying.
Brown's letter was addressed to Alamo Heights staff, families and community members. In the letter, he tries to answer questions about how the district has handled many different aspects of the situation.
Brown said in the letter that federal law prohibits him from sharing many details of the case publicly.
"In October, there was a student issue brought to the district's attention, one that occurred on campus and another that occurred off campus. It is possible that other incidences could have occurred, but these were the first and only incidences that were brought to our attention involving these students," Brown said.
"The situation was investigated promptly. At that time, disciplinary actions were taken. Parents were contacted, students were counseled and consequences were given to some, including removal from campus," Brown said.
He said that since October, no further reports of bullying among the students were received until Molak's death last week.
Brown said he cannot share any information with the district because there is an ongoing police investigation, with which he said he is cooperating fully.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said a harassment charge could be the result of the investigation, but that police have not specified what charges they are considering.
Brown's statement notes that the district has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying and that the schools have anti-bullying programs.
Brown said the district is establishing a task force that will "look into all issues relating to student social and emotional health, including issues related to teen suicide and bullying."
The superintendent encouraged parents to speak up and voice concerns about what is happening with their children in school or online in regard to bullying and cyberbulling.
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