The David’s Legacy pledge is part of a campaign that brings awareness and support to the foundation’s mission to stop cyberbullying. The ellipsis symbol and it’s three red dots serve as a reminder to STOP AND THINK before posting. When a David’s Legacy Pledge sticker is placed on a cell phone or computer, it communicates to others, “I pledge to never use this device as a weapon.”
Take Action – Students
Start A Campaign
Take a stand and fight cyberbullying in your school or hometown. You can make a difference by starting your own campaign or group to help stop this behavior in your community. Learn about the things you can do and how you can encourage others to be upstanders in their community in order to end cyberbullying.
Haley’s heroes – Stand up against bullying
After David’s death, his cousin, Haley Hildebrand, knew she wanted to honor David and make a difference in the lives of other teens who had experienced the devastating effects of cyberbullying. She spent countless hours of her time and energy raising awareness of the issue of cyberbullying, promoting a culture of kindness, and advocating for change. Sadly, her efforts were cut short when she was tragically killed, at the age of 20, in an auto accident on June 18, 2016, just five months after David’s death.
In an effort to honor Haley and the work she did, the Molak family would like to recognize kids in our community who have gone above and beyond to raise awareness of bullying and promote a culture of kindness. Haley’s Heroes exemplify exactly who Haley was…a kid with amazing character.
For the second year, Gracie has led the effort to change the culture of bullying and exclusion at AHHS. She helped create and leads the Be the Change group. Gracie is an honor student, a regular participant in various community service and faith based activities. Gracie exemplifies a Haley’s Hero.
Caroline has a kind heart in the truest sense. She makes a point of introducing herself to people who look like they can use a friend: people who sit alone at lunch, who everyone makes fun of, who won’t make eye contact. She doesn’t look at people and see how we are different, instead she sees how we are alike. She is compassionate, empathetic, and fearless; especially in her convictions and desire to help those experiencing bullying or loneliness. Caroline goes out of her way, all the time, to make people that are having a hard time feel noticed and validated. In spite of this, and perhaps because of it, Caroline has experienced bullying herself. Caroline signed up to share her bullying experience in a film produced by David’s Legacy last year. Unfortunately, and predictably, she was the only one who signed up so the project was cancelled. She was very disappointed because she thought if she could share her experience it might help someone else. She would like to inspire more people at her school to be more kind, but many are unwilling to take the risk for fear of losing social status or because of their own teenage […]
When I was younger, I started my own slime Instagram account which would help me a lot and would give me something to ease my anxiety over things that would happen at school. We had someone come and talk to our school about cyberbullying and and bullying in general, and that is where I learned about David’s law. I have taken my business to a whole new level this year by participating at a convention/event called Slime Rodeo in both Dallas and San Antonio, where I was able to sell my slime, as well as network with other kids in the slime community. A lot of the slime community is made up of kids who sometimes get bullied and need an outlet, so that’s why I want to spread the word about David’s Law. I take the opportunity to educate the attendees on David’s Law and cyberbullying at these events by passing out the pledge stickers, as well as including postcards in the slime orders I send out. The idea of the stickers being spread around on everyone’s devices is really inspiring. I continually see devices used as weapons, so I thank you so much for all of your hard […]
A big part of the 7th grade curriculum at our school in Ohio is a History Fair project. My partner Lydia and I thought long and hard about what we wanted to present to our teachers and fellow classmates. We wanted a topic that was interesting to kids our age, and something that would make an impact and want students to make a difference. We initially researched the negative effects of social media in teens. We found the David’s Legacy website and knew instantly that we had found our topic! We personally know kids who have been cyberbullied and wanted to bring awareness to our school. Mrs. Molak was kind enough to let us interview her over the telephone and we were so saddened by her and David’s story that we knew we needed to do our part in preventing this from happening to anyone in our school and community. We handed out the #DavidsLaw stickers to our entire school and asked them to take the pledge. We still get a sense of pride when we see our classmates walking down the halls with the stickers attached to their phones and textbooks. Our principal was very impressed by our project […]
It takes a lot for a 1st grader to decide to commit suicide, but that is exactly what Gavin had decided to do. Day-in and day-out a bully had targeted Gavin and escalated from name-calling to telling him that he needed to kill himself. It was all too much for this shy, serious, sensitive boy, but fortunately he decided to confide in his mom, since she had stayed home sick that day instead of carrying out his plan. Self-confidence, trust in your classmates, and finding your voice after such an experience is not something easily fixed. At the end of fifth grade, something changed. Gavin, his little brother, and his dad all started Taekwondo and the light that had been flipped off behind Gavin’s eyes was suddenly back and with huge strides forward. The first time he raised his hand and volunteered to demonstrate a kick, his parents turned to each other and shrieked with excitement. He had found his confidence and, Gavin thought of the other kids out there who are still stuck – depressed, anxious, lacking a voice still. He wanted to give that to all of them! Gavin’s dream became a reality and he hosted a lemonade stand […]
*My name is Star and I was bullied a lot in school. David’s Legacy Foundation sponsored me to take jiu jitsu classes to help me stand up to my bullies. I was able to switch schools and start my jiu jitsu but in the beginning I felt weak and did not have a lot of self confidence. After a while, things started to change and I started to stand up for myself and really love myself again. I knew I wasn’t the only one out there dealing with bullies. In realizing that others like me needed help, I decided to have a bake sale project in order to raise money to sponsor another bullied kid. The outcome was good and I raised enough money to sponsor 2 kids! I hope to help make all bullied kids stronger!
Dietrich B. once said, “We are not simply to bandage the wounds of the victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” The Molak family has already taken on this task and have shown unbelievable amount of grace, courage, wisdom, and love. Where bullying seeks to destroy lives, David’s life and legacy continues. Music has the power to change lives. Through music and our own stories we can come together and help others. In the words of Dmitri Shostakovich, “Art destroys silence.” What better way to come together as a community to support the Molak family and to honor David, than with a concert. We all know the healing power of music. This is the time to surround and bless the Molak family, and also to change and soften hearts. It is a time to raise greater awareness of the realities of cyber bullying, and to drive a spoke into the wheel of injustice.
I chose to honor David for my El Dia de los Muertos ofrenda because his story really got to me. Hearing how people judged him, teased him, and bullied him, just made me sad. He was an ordinary person, in fact extraordinary person, who had feelings just like you or me. For his bullies to think it was okay to make him feel bad about himself and tell him all these mean things is just wrong. I wanted to honor him in any way possible to make up for the horrible way those bullies treated him. Your story has inspired others to speak up facing bullying and you are helping others be protected as they face these similar situations. Your parents and brother are working hard to help others struggling with bullies like you did. Rest in peace David. You will never be forgotten.
Although he didn’t know David personally, Charles was extremely moved, saddened and haunted by David’s death. “I have been on both sides of bullying – being bullied myself when I started a new school; and joining in on bullying and not taking a stand for what is right which gave me huge shame. Both experiences made a huge mark on me, and I now want to do the right thing every time. I was impressed with David’s brother’s who took something tragic to do something good and propel change in our state. The day I took donations for David’s law I made over $300, and I was able to educate a lot of people on David’s Legacy Foundation and David’s Law.
I wrote this poem for David in my sophomore English class. I had chosen a book on the topic of suicide and finished the novel days before we lost David. A few days later, we were assigned the task of writing a poem relating to the book we had read. The timing, as well as the fact that David was in that very English class before he moved schools, were too ironic to ignore. I had been given a perfect opportunity to honor David and give my classmates, as well as my teachers and community, a little poem to help us come together and grieve while reflecting on his beautiful soul. Why You Should Have Stayed By: Peyton H. A better life A better life I saw, they saw, He saw for you. Oh, how I wish you could’ve stayed to see it too. You were strong but those filthy cowards did you wrong. Your soul was just too kind which caused all this evil to destroy your mind. It was too hard for you to comprehend so your demons told you it was time for the end. But I promise you, your story is nowhere near over… Your message […]
Being a Haley’s Hero means more to me than many will ever know. To me, being a Haley’s Hero is being selfless and always trying to look out for others. That is what Haley was always like. She was the sweetest and most non-judgmental person I have ever met. Everything about her was amazing. It’s difficult to put my thoughts into one paragraph, because you see, I can talk about Haley all day long. I would never run out of good things to say about her. We were very close, Haley and I. Just about inseparable when we were together. The art work I do (Metal Works by David) is a tribute to that great girl. This skill I had discovered, shortly after Haley went Home, during the darkest hours of grief. I would spend hours creating things, because you see, it was during these hours that I felt closest to Haley. I felt that she was with me and inspiring me to create. Some of “our” work is now sitting on desks of city officials or executives of companies. However, my main goal with my work is to show people that there is and always can be a little […]
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 […]
This year, David’s Legacy Foundation awarded our first two Alamo Heights High School David Molak Kindness Scholarships — established to honor the love and kindness that David Molak showed his friends and family. Our first recipients, Claudeth G. and Andrea M., proved their character and commitment by undertaking projects of kindness that created positive, significant impacts in their school. These two students consistently demonstrate their commitment to positive action, effecting the social, emotional, character, and citizenship environment of Alamo Heights High School. Claudeth and Andrea received $500 scholarships to assist in their post-secondary education. Thank you for being an inspiration to others, not only through your actions, but by being who you are. You do not tolerate bullies and are always upstanders, never bystanders.
I want to raise awareness because bullying has gotten to the point where people don’t know when/how it can affect someone until it does. I never knew until Izzy got pushed to the point where she took her own life. I t is heartbreaking to see a friend that you thought could take everything do that. It made everything so real. I then knew how bad bullying can be. And the fact that there is social media doesn’t exactly help. I then got the chance to show how I felt in a thing called genius hour at my school. I created a topic that I was passionate about (Anti bullying/suicide prevention)and did a service project to raise money to give to a charity; that’s when the Izzy Project started. My school fundraisers raised $2,500. I then pushed forward with my cause and started selling bracelets and shirts and my uncle made me a website so I could sell them. I think it’s about time that people see how their words can effect someone. That’s what pushes me to continue the Izzy Project and why I raise awareness.
It was a couple months after David’s passing, an anti-drug speaker came to our school, this was not an uncommon event. At this time I had already started designing shirts, but towards the end of the presentation he had a message that really hit home for me. It was then I found out they were invited there by the Molak family, and introduced to their charity. My mom and I had talked about giving the gross sum. It was then this foundation came to light. I immediately texted my mom and told her that this is what I want to give the proceedings to.
Hi, my name is Raz. I am in the 6th grade. When I was in the 4th grade I was bullied pretty badly.I was constantly being cussed out. My property was stolen and my clothing ruined. Nobody stood up for me. All this caused me anxiety, which triggered my asthma and I ended up moving schools. In the 5th grade I decided I wanted to try to make a difference. I started and ran an anti-bullying campaign at my school. It ran through the month of October and ended with an assembly with celebrity messages and a speech about my experience. Through October some of the things that were going on were:I taught character education classes and I started a Kindness Givers Club for people to help others feel welcome. I really want to teach others how to standup for their peers. This year I am doing it again and it will be even bigger and better!I will be adding the program to my middle and high school campus and have been invited to visit some other places to speak as well. I can’t wait to make an even bigger difference!
We Need Your Help
Cyberbullying is a serious issue and we need everyone’s help to minimize its impact. You play the biggest role in making it stop by first, never being part of the problem and second, always being part of the solution. Keep an eye out for peers who are exhibiting symptoms of being cyberbullied or those who may not be coping well and reach out to them. Check our solutions and resources pages for more information on the symptoms and the help available.
In addition to being on the front lines and keeping an eye out, you can help in other ways too; by running anti-bullying campaigns at your school, donating to causes that support cyberbullying and promoting responsible social media use, and writing your legislators to help raise awareness of the impact of cyberbullying and teen suicide. We encourage you to help fight cyberbullying both at a local level and as a national issue.