SAN ANTONIO — The community of Alamo Heights is taking action after high school student David Molak took his life this year after being cyberbullied.
The School District is implementing changes and Monday Molak’s life will be celebrated with music.
David Molak was just 16-years-old when he was found dead in the backyard of his home earlier this year. Monday, Oct. 10 would have been his 17th birthday and high school senior Abigail Dickson wanted to recognize that.
"I decided to hold this benefit because I really wanted to do something to honor David on what would have been his 17th birthday and to support his family and the Legacy Foundation," Dickson said.
All proceeds from the benefit at Christ Episcopal Church will go to David’s Legacy Foundation.
"To help other families that have been the target of bullies, to help bring speakers to San Antonio to different communities, to educate teachers and students about bullying and how to prevent it or how to help when it occurs," Dickson said.
The Alamo Heights ISD created a task force following the death of Molak. They recently released their findings recommending dramatic changes such as eliminating some longtime traditions.
Those traditions include the senior girls’ party and powder-puff football.
"It’s more than just bullying it’s the way we talk to each other, the five forms of mistreatment, it’s character education and it’s thinking intentionally as parents about how we raise our children and how we think about their wellness," said Alamo Heights ISD Superintendent Kevin Brown.
The task force, which was five months in the making, hopes to reduce exclusions and put downs, which Brown says the district sees the most.
"If you look at what’s going on in our country right now, and we are having a national dialogue about what is civil dialogue, how do we treat one another, how do we as adults model for our kids the way we want them to act and respond," Brown said.
David’s 17th Birthday Celebration and Concert details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1795003070713392/.
For more information on David’s Legacy Foundation you can visit http://davidslegacy.org/.
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