SAN ANTONIO — State Sen. Jose Menéndez, D-District 26, an advocate for mental health and education, has once again stepped forward in the Texas Senate and is introducing three bills that would benefit young students.
In 2017, Senate Bill 179, also known as “David’s Law,” was passed with push from Menéndez. The law was named after 16-year-old David Molak, a high school student in San Antonio. He died by suicide after being harassed online.
According to the David’s Legacy Foundation, the 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.
“‘What we learned during the passage of David’s Law is that many of the kids who were exposed to bullying, they didn’t know what to do or who to turn to.” Menéndez posted in a tweet about the new bills’ proposition.
The three bills introduced by the senator would do the following:
- SB405: Require students to take one mental health class in high school
- SB406: Require school board and trustee members to take course on trauma-informed school care
- SB407: Ensure schools and school districts track bullying and cyberbullying incidents