Legislation is a necessary component of our mission, providing the framework to address the problem. David’s Legacy focuses on how we can help influence and pass legislation that can be leveraged to help victims bring an end to the vicious cycle of bullying. Legal remedies help many victims. However, the laws must keep up with the rapid pace with ever-changing technology. David’s Legacy continues to advocate for new laws that protect our children from bullying and promote mental health.
“David’s Law” or SB 179 passed in the 85thlegislative session, was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on June 9, 2017, and went into effect Sept 1, 2017. “David’s Law” requires school districts to include cyberbullying in their district bullying policies and notify a child’s parents if he or she is a victim or alleged aggressor of bullying. The law allows schools to combat and prevent cyberbullying by empowering them to investigate and address off-campus cyber-assisted bullying if it materially affects the school environment. It allows for schools to collaborate with law enforcement when serious or life-threatening cyberbullying situations arise. “David’s Law” gives parents and courts new tools to protect cyberbullying victims and strengthens options for schools and prosecutors in dealing with some of the most egregious forms of cyberbullying, such as suicide baiting. In recognition of bullying as a mental health issue, “David’s Law” also encourages schools to invest in counseling and rehabilitation services for both victims and aggressors of bullying. Want to read the entire “David’s Law”?
Driving Change Through Legislation
You have the power to help change and enforce the laws in your community. David’s law didn’t happen overnight and it took a huge amount of effort to passed. There may already be laws in your area so use the links to find out what exists in your state, to find your representatives and start your own petition.
DAVID’S LEGACY FOUNDATION’S ONGOING LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
“David’s Law” didn’t happen overnight – it took a huge amount of effort and commitment to pass. David’s Legacy continues to advocate for new policies that protect our children from bullying and cyberbullying and promotes mental health resources and suicide prevention programs in Texas.
David’s Legacy Foundation has four initiatives they are working with legislators on during the current 86th legislative session. Those initiatives include suicide prevention, digital citizenship, the reporting of bullying and cyberbullying through the PEIMS, and the expansion of the anonymous reporting requirement in David’s Law.
DRIVING CHANGE THROUGH LEGISTATION BEYOND TEXAS
We all have the power to advocate for change and school safety in our community. There may already be laws in your area. Use the links to find out what exists in your state, to find your U.S. representatives, and to start your own petition.