Kara Weld, a sophomore at NESA (North East School of the Arts), dealt with cyberbullying when attending middle school at a local school district. The young student has now made it her mission to keep other students from having to go through such a devastating experience. Kara testified in Austin on April 6 on the proposed cyber bullying bill before the Senate education committee. She is working to get the bill passed for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Kara collaborated with David Molak’s family and Senator Jose Menendez’s office for the effort to pass Senate Bill 179 by Sen. Menendez (D-26) and House Bill 306 by Rep. Ina Minjarez (D-124).
“For seven months, when I was in the 8th grade, an anonymous person bullied, threatened & harassed me online. This bully frequently urged me to kill myself. I felt completely hopeless because I could not protect myself, and I felt scared all the time,” said Kara during her testimony. “The police told us that the current Texas laws limited their ability to identify and punish the bully. Even after I deleted all of my social media accounts, the bully continued to harass me by sending hateful messages about me to the social media accounts of my friends. Without this legislation, there is no deterrent to cyberbullying in Texas. Kids know that David’s bully was not punished. Kids know that my bully was never identified or punished. Kids know that they can get away with bullying online. If I don’t speak up, who will?”
Kara exclaimed that the state of Texas needs legislation that will defend the online safety of Texas children. She hopes that in her efforts in collaborating with legislators and their staff that SB 179 will pass and she will be one-step closer to completing her goal.
Posted on 04/11/2017