Effective Sept 1, “David’s Law” Criminalizes Cyberbullying in Texas

Student safety is the top priority of Round Rock ISD and ensuring a safe and secure learning environment requires a partnership between students, parents, employees, as well as our public safety partners.

To keep students and parents informed, Round Rock ISD is sharing the following information about Senate Bill 179 or “David’s Law.”

Senate Bill 179, commonly known as “David’s Law”, makes it a Class A misdemeanor and allows a temporary injunction against social media accounts used to electronically harass or cyberbully someone under age 18 through text message, social media, websites or other means with the intent of causing them to commit suicide or harm themselves.

‘Student safety, both online and offline, are a District priority. The consequences that result from the violation of “David’s Law” are serious and it includes expanding the District’s scope of involvement when a case of cyber bullying is reported,” said Mario DeLaRosa, Round Rock ISD Director of Safety and Security. “Round Rock ISD’s anti-discrimination policy is in the student code of conduct handbook, and it explicitly prohibits cyberbullying. We urge parents to continue to remind their student to be mindful of their online behavior, how it can affect themselves and others.”

Authored by Texas state Senators José Menéndez and Judith Zaffirini the bill requires school districts to include cyberbullying in their district bullying policies and notify parents by the next day if their child has been bullied, and to notify the parents of the alleged aggressor within a reasonable amount of time. Also, schools have the authority to investigate cyberbullying and to work with law enforcement on such investigations.

If a student believes they are a victim of cyberbullying or if a teacher, administrator or other school personnel have knowledge about an incident of cyberbullying they can report it using the District’s Anonymous Alerts incident reporting system. Anonymous Alerts satisfies the law’s requirement to have a system that allows for anonymous reporting and provides immunity to those who file a report.

More about Anonymous Alerts
Anonymous Alerts allows students or parents to anonymously submit any sensitive or urgent student issues quickly to school officials. Students or parents can submit reports such as bullying, cyberbullying, depression, dating violence, drug or alcohol use, threats against the school, weapons on campus and more. All messages submitted remain completely anonymous.

To report an incident:
On a laptop or PC or download the free Anonymous Alerts mobile app
Apple iOS App or Android App 1. Start the App 2. Login = rrisd 3. Password = rrisd

Read Senate Bill 179