I didn’t know David personally, but David’s story hit me very hard because I understood how David felt. I was anonymously cyberbullied from October 2014 – May 2015. My parents and I reported the bullying to the police, but we learned that the current laws limit what police can do to protect cyberbullying victims.
After hearing David’s story, I wanted to speak for David and work for cyberbullying awareness. I wrote a personal letter to the Molak family, and I contacted Senator Jose Menendez’s office. I told them that I wanted to help support David’s Law. Since that time, I have prepared a powerpoint presentation that documents my cyberbullying experience, and I emailed that presentation to Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, and every member of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. I spent part of my Spring Break attending the legislative session, meeting with legislators, telling them my story, and asking them to support David’s Law. I plan to stay in contact with legislators throughout the session, and I plan to attend the public hearings for David’s Law so that I testify in favor of the bill.
I admire that David was an Eagle Scout. I am a Girl Scout, and my lobbying effort for David’s Law is the focus of my current Girl Scout Gold Award Project. My goal is to honor David’s memory by raising cyberbullying awareness, educating Texas lawmakers on the issue, and lobbying for this important legislation named in his honor.