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.
To honor David’s legacy, we vow to help 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. David’s Legacy Foundation is an organization dedicated to the education of young people, teens and adults about eliminating cyber and any bullying. It is our dream and the dream of thousands of other families to wipe out bullying in all forms and to protect our young children and teens from this senseless and cruel behavior.
We believe that addressing this issue will require action and a change of heart from today’s youth. Therefore, 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. Additionally, we believe that legislative action is also a necessary component to initiate this change in culture and will continue to propose legislation that protects our children and empowers schools and parent to combat cyberbullying.
The Molak Family