Family says S.A. teen committed suicide after prolonged cyberbullying

SAN ANTONIO -- The suicide of a San Antonio teen is grabbing national attention, in part because his brother is speaking out about the bullying his brother endured for eight months before his death.

David Molak was the youngest of three brothers; a 16-year-old who loved the Spurs. His older brother, Cliff, told a story he's heard from a classmate since his brother's death.

"One day she's sitting at her desk putting on makeup. David turns around to her and says, 'What are you doing? You don't need that.' She told me that her self-esteem has never had such a boost," Cliff said.

San Antonio police are investigating the bullying that started eight months ago. His tormentors were fellow students. Most of the bullying was done online through Instagram.

"Things got so bad, people were starting to say, 'We're going to put him six feet under. You're going to put him in a body bag,'" Cliff recalled.

David's parents stepped in, reaching out to the school. The police report says that the main bully was suspended. David was eventually transferred to another school. He was also in therapy.

"The therapist all thought he was getting better," Cliff said. "It was a shock to everyone that he did this."

Over the weekend, Cliff says David received text messages they believe were the final straw. David's lifeless body was discovered early Monday morning.

"In David's circumstance, he'd come home and [the bullying] would never stop. It was relentless. They'd never let up on him."

Even after his death, Cliff says the main bully is still trying to spite his brother. On Wednesday, students at Alamo Heights High School dressed in black and white, Spurs colors, in support of David. The family says the main bully wore neon colors. 

There is a service for David on Friday. The family says everyone is welcome. They want David to know he's not alone. The service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Friday, January 8 at 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 510 Belknap.

For more information about dealing with teen depression and suicide, visit TexasSuicidePrevention.org or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

If you would like to contribute to an anti-bullying organization through David's Legacy, CLICK HERE.


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