David’s Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending cyber-assisted bullying by educating communities about the harmful effects of cyber abuse, providing support for bullying victims, promoting kindness, and supporting legislation that prohibits the cyberbullying of minors.
David Bartlett Molak, aged 16, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. David had recently achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 809. Among David’s passions were hunting, fishing, and playing video games with his older brothers, Cliff and Chris. He was extremely knowledgeable about professional football and could lead any fantasy association to success. David never passed up on an opportunity for an outdoor adventure or a chance to dominate his family in Monopoly. His infectious smile and sharp wit entertained his peers to the dismay of his teachers, but all in good fun.
A Note from David’s Family
Our beloved son and brother took his own life on January 4, 2016 at the age of 16. In the last few months before his death, our joyful David with a huge smile and an even bigger heart was overwhelmed with hopelessness after being continuously harassed, humiliated and threatened by a group of students through text messages and social media. As we have learned, cyberbullying is a form of abuse that is non-stop and can invade all areas of life. Experts tell us that cyberbullying can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and, as we know, suicide.
We hope to honor David’s legacy by doing all that we can to prevent this from happening to another family. No child should have to face this kind of harassment and no family should have to endure the pain of losing a precious child in response. We believe that addressing this issue will require action and a change of heart from today’s youth. We are challenging parents and schools to take an active role in supervising and monitoring children for signs of involvement as an aggressor, victim or bystander of cyberbullying. Legislative support is also a necessary component in successfully addressing this issue.
We want to thank each supporter of the David’s Legacy Foundation and hope to see a positive change in the online behavior of today’s youth through the efforts of this organization.