Legislative

David’s Legacy Foundation advocates for victims in an effort to 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 Law” didn’t happen overnight – it took a huge amount of effort and commitment to pass but now it is the framework for all subsequent work done to protect our children.

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.

In the 2019 Legislative Update (86th session) we led the effort to make changes affecting Public Schools:

  1. All public schools are required to teach digital citizenship, including criminal consequences of cyberbullying.
  2. Suicide prevention training will be done through health classes (Mental Health Bill & School Safety Bill)
    1. Note: health class is no longer a requirement, but we encourage parents to have their student take the health classes offered as they provide beneficial information on mental health to students.
  3. Expansion of anonymous reporting to now provide anonymity to school staff – David’s Law provided anonymous reporting to students.
    1. Note: Many schools provide anonymous reporting to parents as well.
Read Full Version of “David’s Law”

Our David’s Law one-sheet is available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded for your reference:

Texas Bullying Laws

This 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. “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. 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.

How you can Help

If you live in the San Antonio area we need help in the office answering emails, phones, or shipping out information. We also need people to volunteer to attend events and help educate others.

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Please check back often as we add objectives for the coming 2020 Legislative Session (87th session)