Donna ISD Anti-Bullying Campaign

David's Law In Texas
  • History behind David's Law
    "Cyberbullying" as defined in David's Law means bullying arising from a pattern of acts or one significant act that is done through the use of any electronic communication device, including a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, an Internet website, or any other Internet based communication tool.
    Under Section 37.0151 of the Education Code, schools are allowed to report conduct constituting assault or harassment to the police, which could result in a Class A misdemeanor.
                            *Class A misdemeanor, to electronically harass or cyberbully someone under the age of 18 through text messages
                              social media, websites or other means with the intent of causing them to commit suicide or harm themselves.
                            *Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of not more that $4,000, confinement in a county jail for for a term or both.

    Where this Law Applies:
    Cyberbullying is now specifically included in the definition of "bullying" in the Education Code.
    Bullying that occurs on or is delivered to a school property, the site of a school sponsored, school related activity, or off school property.
    Bullying that occurs on a publicly or privately owned school bus or vehicle being used for transportation of students to and from school.
    Cyberbullying that occurs of school property, outside of a school sponsored, or school related activity if the cyberbullying interferes with a student's educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom and school.
    (This expansion of a school district's authority to include off campus incidents is one of the most significant aspects of David's Law.
For Educators and Parents
How can Educators help prevent Cyberbullying?

In the past, we have seen a positive turn in putting a stop to bullying and making our schools a safe haven
for all of our students.  However, we can not forget some of this bad behavior has filtered out of our schools
and onto the Internet.  It has become harder to get away with it at school, but it's still easy to bullying someone
online.  This is called Cyberbullying.  Educators can assist us by being aware of proactive strategies to prevent
Cyberbullying and learn how to confront Cyberbullying if it happens in your school.

The Law:
TEC Chapter 37- Discipline:  Law and Order
TEC Sec. 25.0342                   Victims of Bullying
TEC Sec. 37.001                     Student Code of Conduct prohibiting Bullying, and Harassment
TEC Sec. 37.0832                   Bullying Prevention Policies and Procedures
TEC Sec. 37.151                     Hazing
HB 1942 82nd Legislature    Bullying in Public Schools
David's law

Proactive Strategies to prevent Cyberbullying:
1. Teach Students explicit behaviors - "True, kind, necessary" litmus test for what they say.
2. Notify parents of what is expected of their children - communicate the explicit behaviors with parents.
3. Reinforce empathy - reinforce kindness and empathy
4. Remind Students that the Internet is public and permanent - Stop, Think and Connect
5. Invite Outside Representation to inform students about Cyberbulling - Local Law Enforcement or community groups

For Students
Bullying plays a major role in creating negative outcomes  such as mental health, substance use, and suicide among students
Students who are targets often experience high absenteeism, decreased academic performance and lower test scores.

1 in 7 students in K-12 are either a bully or have been a victim.
83% of girls and 79% of boys reported experience harassment.
35% of students have been threatened online.
75% of shooting incidents at schools have been linked to bullying and harassment.
When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.

What to do if you are the victim?
Contact your teacher
Contact the counselor
Contact the Principal
Contact the School Police Dept.
Call the District Hotline: 956-464-1057 or report it to our Anonymous Alert.