David's Legacy: #StopTheBullying
$80,320 of $125k goal
I first would like to thank you all for the overwhelming support you have and are continuing to provide to myself and my family. It means more to us than words can describe. What happened to my beloved brother was a tragedy. A tragedy set into motion by a boy whom I will not further empower by naming. I’ve never posted anything emotional on Facebook before as I’ve always felt it reserved for people preaching political ideals they had formulated from Buzzfeed headlines. I am writing this post to open the eyes of the Alamo Heights community and other communities around the nation. We’ve all heard the word bullying and we’ve all had to attend those stupid mandatory anti-bullying classes or seminars. I don’t know anyone, including myself, who actually paid any heed to what the lecturers had to say. To me they were a waste of time. Time away from athletics or homework or any other more appealing or less redundant activity. In hindsight, I wish more than anything people had actually listened. I saw the pain in David’s eyes three nights ago as he was added to a group text only to be made fun of and kicked out two minutes later. I spoke to him right after to comfort him and he didn’t even hear me. He stared off into the distance for what seemed like an hour. I could feel his pain. It was a tangible pain. He didn’t even have the contact information of any of the eight members who started the group text. It is important to note David had been enduring this sort of abuse for a very long time.
In today’s age, bullies don’t push you into lockers, they don’t tell their victims to meet them behind the school’s dumpster after class, they cower behind user names and fake profiles from miles away constantly berating and abusing good, innocent people. The recent advances in social media have given our generation a freedom of which has never been seen before. Freedom is a beautiful thing, however as freedom and personal liberties expand (and they rapidly are), there needs to be an equal expansion of personal accountability. Right now there is no expansion of personal accountability. The households and the school systems are failing. The only way to end the suffering in this nation whether it be from bullying or discrimination is not to highlight differences between groups of people, but to focus on the importance of accountability and ultimately character. The only way to heal this country and our communities is to accept and embrace the notion that we have to begin character building from the ground up before the elementary level or our society will never recover. The healing needs to start now before we fall even further down into the pits of evil. It is my dream for the healing of this nation to be David’s legacy. Please help me share this message.
His grieving brothers
As Cliff's fellow classmates and friends, let's all help Cliff's dream of David's legacy become a reality. The donations on this gofundme page will be made towards an anti-bullying organization as chosen by the Molak family in honor of their son David. As soon as a decision has been made about the specific organization recipient, I will update you all! In the time being, please spread the word about David's story and this gofundme page to parents, families, and friends. The donations mean so much because not only can the Molak family find comfort and support with the incoming donations, but also healing can come with carying on David's legacy through an active, effective organization centered around bullying prevention and anti-bullying advocation.
The current goal is $90,000, but we will continue to raise this number if donations continue. We love you Cliff and we are surrounding your family with love as well.
UTHSCSA Classes of 2019 and 2018
Once again, thank you very much for your generous donation to David’s Legacy Foundation earlier this year. We are happy to notify you that we have received our tax exemption as a 501-(c)-(3) not for profit and that your contribution is deductible under IRC Section 170. If you would like to make an additional donation please visit our website www.davidslegacy.org.
Our mission at David’s Legacy Foundation is to educate our youth and their parents on the harmful effects of bullying, provide support for bullying victims, promote kindness, and advocate for legislation that seeks to put an end to bullying and cyberbullying. None of this would be possible without you and your support!
Your partnership with us will help raise awareness of cyber-assisted bullying in Texas schools and communities. Recent studies suggest that today more than half of all teens experience cyberbullying. In our world of increased technology, we can only expect this number to grow.
We are excited to report that Senator Jose Menendez and Representative Ina Minjarez have just filed David’s Law as companion bills which will be voted on in the 2017 legislative session. David’s Law is necessary to form the framework to defend the online safety of Texas children against this rising statistic of cyber abuse. Please go to the legislative tab at www.davidslegacy.org if you would like to assist with legislative outreach on behalf of David's Law.
You may also join our mailing list and Facebook page to stay up to date on David’s Legacy news.
Thank you again for your generosity and we look forward to your continued support.
With Grateful Hearts,
The Molak Family
In the last month since David’s passing, the San Antonio community has shown tremendous support in promoting David’s Legacy by raising awareness of cyberbullying. As a part of David’s Legacy, Texas Senator Jose Menendez and Representative Ina Marie Minjarez, are currently working to pass David’s Law in the 2017 Texas legislative session.
Thank you to all who have generously donated money to David’s Legacy Foundation through this GoFundMe page. The purpose of David’s Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) is to raise awareness of cyberbullying and cyberabuse, to protect today’s youth from the harmful effects of improper social media usage, and to aid in implementing David’s Law into Texas legislation. Thank you all for your support and kindness.
We wanted to update you as the donations continue to flow in. The Molak family is overcome with gratitude for the overwhelming response of your support, love and prayers. It means the world to them and more. Given the magnitude of donations and as the numbers continue to rise, the Molak family is still in the process of making a careful and thoughtful decision of where to allocate the funds. It is important to the Molak family and to all those affected that the donations go towards an organization that will truly use the funds to make a tangible difference in the lives of others in David's memory to continue his legacy. We thank you so very much for all of your support and ask that you continue to spread their message and this fundraising page. #StopTheBullying
With so much love,
UTHSCSA Classes of 2019 and 2018
If you were to start a petition making cyber bulling a criminal offense, with jail time, or even to band all kids under 18 to be allowed on social media, you would have my full support. Kids need to be held accountable so we can prevent this from happening. Im so sorry your brother had to experience such hate. Im praying for your family. May David rest in peace and free of hurt. God bless
I'm heartbroken to learn of this tragedy becauseI know it all too well. I lost my 13 year old son, Peyton, to suicide in October 2014 after years of bullying and torment by classmates. Now, I talk to kids to teach them the power of their words and to share Peyton's story. I won't say that your pain will get better, but it will get easier to face each day. Much love to you all. www.kindness-matters.org
I've been devastated by this horrible crime against David and other young people. I support "David's Law" and hope it actually has some teeth to it. Mourning along with his family for their great loss. Prayers for God's peace for you. Thank you for your courage. Keep us updated on the bill.
I am very interested in the details of David's Law. I pray that this law doesn't just look good on paper, but its cause has an effect that ripples through the hearts of all students. It rings the truth about the consequences of their actions, not just in damages issued by a judge but by what their typing fingers can do to another person. I had 3 peers take their own lives between 5th grade and 9th grade. This all happened before AOL chat rooms. It now appears the bullying pendulum has swung in a new direction. My deepest sympathies and faith goes out to the family that despite this tragedy, David will be the Angel at the front winning this battle on bullying.
Oh sweet Beautiful David I wish you could see the love being expressed for you. I bet you can and I hope that your great big beautiful smile is beaming. LOVE YOU and we will fight to the end for you.
Unfortunately this is not the first time someone at AHHS has committed suicide because of a lack of support: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?n=luther-maddox&pid=121334877
I know your looking to donate funds and i would like to let you know that I have a foundation for bullied children its called foundation of hope support and services for families and victims of bullying. I'm registered with the state and would send paperwork to price that and also explain how I help these kids. Message me if you would like details. Sorry for your lose
The Molak family is in our prayers.