SAN ANTONIO - The mother of the late David Molak, an Alamo Heights teen who committed suicide after alleged cyberbullying, spoke with local high school students about her son's story and the damages that cyber bullying can cause.
"It is going to be hard for me to stand up here and go through it," said Maurine Molak. "[I'm wearing] my heart on my sleeve."
Maurine Molak found the strength to share her late son's story.
"[Tuesday] is actually the 15-month anniversary of David's death," she announced to hundreds of students.
She said her 16-year-old son David Molak killed himself after prolonged bullying online.
"The pain and suffering hasn't gotten any easier," she said. "Sharing his story gives me hope that we can find solutions to this problem."
The anti-bullying event was the brain child of four Incarnate Word High School freshmen. Mariana Villanueva is 14 years old and helped come up with the week of events. "It's about bringing more attention to cyber bullying which cant be detected as easily," she said.
"It warms my heart that this school has taken the issue so seriously," said Molak.
The students' call to action included pink t-shirts. They're raising money to benefit the David's Legacy Foundation. The foundation's mission is to educate about the dangers of online abuse and the need to end cyberbullying.
Attorney Jimmy Carter of the "Don't Bully Me Project" also spoke with students about David's Law, legislation currently in the works to deter cyberbullying by punishing those accountable.
Although no one was ever charged for David's bullying, his mother hopes her son's tragedy will prevent future suicides. "We are taking our tragedy, raising awareness and reaching out to other families that are dealing with this issue."
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