Texas lawmakers will consider a proposal this session to make cyberbullying a crime.
State Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, introduced the bill in honor of a student who died by suicide after relentless cyberbullying.
David Molak died in January, and his family was with Menendez when he introduced the bill.
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"This is going to set some ground rules and give a definition and some consequences for doing this, both on the criminal and civil side," said Matt Molak.
The bill also says schools are required to have a cyberbullying policy and that schools would have the power to investigate bullying that takes place off campus.
State Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San Antonio, has filed the same bill in the Texas House of Representatives, and both chambers must approve the measure for it to advance.