San Antonio teen's suicide spurs cyber-bulling discussion

San Antonio teen's suicide spurs cyber-bulling discussion

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A San Antonio student's suicide spurring a Texas State Senator to rethink how the state handles cyber-bullying.

David Molak, 16, committed suicide earlier this month after his brother says he was attacked by cyber bullies who drove him to the breaking point.

Sen. Jose Menendez says we need laws to catch up to the technology.

Sharron Davis with Contact Lubbock says cyber-bullying is only one fact of the real problem: harassment.

"Until we start to see it for what it is, it's not going to change," Davis said. "We can write laws left and right for cyber-bullying, but they're going to be very benign in the end. I think we have to start calling it what it is and if you look at what happened to that young man in San Antonio, it was lethal harassment." 

Lubbock-Cooper ISD teaches its faculty, staff and students several aspects of how to spot harassment including cyber-bullying.

"We have incorporated digital citizenship, kindergarten through 12th grade in our curriculum, at several of the campuses we have some specific lessons that we do on a regular basis with students," said Jacque Fewin, LCISD technology director. "We are consistently updating administrators and teachers on the latest apps to be cautious of."

According to contact Lubbock, about 7,000 youths commit suicide each year - 65 percent of those have been bullied or cyber-bullied.

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