Guy's Post About Brother's Suicide Sends Powerful Message About Bullying
David Molak's parents couldn't find their 16-year-old and reported him missing.
To locate him, a San Antonio Police Department helicopter used David's cell phone and tracked the signal to the family's backyard.
He was discovered hanging in his family's backyard Monday, KSAT 12 reports.
The high school student committed suicide after allegedly being cyberbullied.
Older brother Cliff Molak told KSAT 12,
Over the past couple months, he sort of became a shell of a person. He was a kind soul. He didn't know how handle the situation… [Bullies] would post things such as, 'Lets put him in a bodybag. We're gonna put him six feet under.'
Though the victim previously attempted suicide by taking an overdose of over-the-counter medication and, again, by steering his car into a pole, he was undergoing counseling and therapy.
The San Antonio teen was also a founding member of a local gym where he was just chosen as Athlete of the Month.
A fellow athlete told KSAT 12,
He was a competitor. He never let anybody, you know, gain an inch on him if he didn't have to.
Sadly, the boy's spirits were not lifted enough to prevent him from taking his own life. Cliff referred to David's suicide as the “ultimate display” for his bullies.
He wanted people to be able to be held accountable. In his mind, that was the only way it was gonna happen.
On Wednesday, Cliff posted a family photo on Facebook, along with a status thanking friends and supporters of the Molak family and reminding readers of the dangerous effects words have on victims like David.
Dear Friends and supporters,I first would like to thank you all for the overwhelming support you have and are... Posted by Cliff Molak on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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 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.
David's case, according to District Attorney Nico LaHood, is considered harassment, a Class B misdemeanor under the Texas penal code.