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This is the story of a cheerleader, a filmmaker, and a mother. And how bullies brought their lives together on Saturday to help make a documentary about cyber bullying. “It was so small, and everyone had their own friend groups already,” said Jayden Burnette, the former high school cheer leader.
By Wednesday afternoon, the clip had more than 13 million YouTube views with 318,000 likes and 721,000 dislikes, with many condemning the Gillette ad as condescending with a message they say demonizes and feminizes men. Some even are swearing off the brand and its owner, Procter & Gamble, for competitors such as the subscription razor service, Dollar Shave Club.
This holiday season, a special message will be playing on the radio to reach out to those suffering. The David’s Legacy Foundation is teaming up with others to prevent suicide and depression. Producing music is something Mac Damon has been doing for years but recently a special cause has taken over his recording studio.
San Antonio Papa John’s are partnering with David’s Legacy Foundation to fight cyberbullying. The San Antonio locations will donate 29 percent of Wednesday’s sales. A new school year marks an opportunity for new friends, new classes, and some new schools. While it’s exciting for many, it marks the start of bullying for some.
Papa John’s Pizza locations in San Antonio are teaming up with a local organization to help in the fight against cyberbullying. The David’s Legacy Foundation was formed after the suicide of David Molak. Molak was 16 years old and attending Alamo Heights High School when he took his own life nearly 3 years ago. Leading up to his suicide, Molak had been bullied online.
We at David’s Legacy Foundation are grateful for the support of our friends, neighbors and partners, like our locally owned Papa John’s stores. As we work to increase awareness of teen cyber bullying and the life-altering affects it can have on families, we raise a higher bar for communities. Papa John’s does the same.
It’s been over a year since anti-bullying legislation known as David’s Law passed. Now plans are in the works to consider revising the bill and enhancing certain parts. “There’s going to be a lot of conversations this legislative session regarding school safety and bullying I believe will come up in part of that conversation,” said Maurine Molak.
Two years ago, Maurine Molak was an accountant with a fear of public speaking. Her life changed when her youngest son, David, died by suicide. Now, she travels the state sharing his story, which was the basis of new statewide legislation called David’s Law.
“Hack the Bully,” calls upon hackers to create an online tool diminishing the power of cyberbullies by helping victims and raising awareness of the issue to bystanders in the community. Tacky Box, which offers a multi-sensory program to improve children’s treatment of their peers, is hosting an anti-cyberbullying hackathon beginning Friday at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center.
Star Belmonte, a 7th grader at Joel Harris Middle School, is a victim of bullying. She says her situation causes her pain every day. The 12-year-old claims she is physically and verbally attacked at school. “When I walk in the hallway, the girls make gagging faces like they want to throw up because they think I’m ugly,” said Belmonte. “They call me ugly a lot and they call me fat, stupid.”
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