Texas House passes anti-cyber bullying bill 'David's Law'

The bill classifies cyberbullying as a misdemeanor and allows courts to issue subpoenas to reveal the identity of anonymous perpetrators.

A bill to crack down on cyberbullying has been passed by the Texas House.

Texas Senate Bill 179, known as "David's Law," is named after 16-year-old David Molak, who committed suicide in January 2016, after classmates at Alamo Heights High School bullied him online. The bill is backed by State Representative Ina Minjarez and State Senator Jose Menendez.

"It's a bill that's going to make a difference," Senator Menendez said. "It's a bill that's got support of the education community, legal community and, at the end of the day, the most important part, it's a bill that hopefully will help save some child's life."

The bill classifies cyberbullying as a misdemeanor. It also requires schools to put cyber bullying policies in place and to notify parents when their child is bullying or being bullied.

Janet Peavy, a mother of four is who lives in the Alamo Heights neighborhood, is one of many who rallied to get law makers to pass the bill.

"All of this cyberbullying, none of it existed when I was little," Peavy said. "So to have the laws catch up with the times and protect our children the way they should be, that's a wonderful thing."

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