20 thoughts on “Alamo Heights Mourns a Teen Lost to Cyberbullying

  1. I went to the middle school in the 80’s. I can personally say this is was an issue then and was never addressed. If you didn’t fit in you sure didn’t want to go there. I was glad to only go for a year. Nothing about who I was, wore, said and did was ever going to make it there. I was grateful for the few others who were treated the same way. I just had tough skin and knew they put their pants on the same way I did. But it was tough day after day.

  2. I hope our DA can step up and have the gumption to maybe lead the country in a precedent of bringing some charges that stick against the kids responsible. Maybe a felony/misdemeanor on their record will make them think twice next time they do something wrong and cruel.
    It will at least alter their chances of college acceptance (something the Molak kid will never have) and maybe they will grow some humility.

    However, my bet is this just gets swept under the rug.

    Come on Nico, in those million dollar ads you preached you would step up to things like this…. Particularly rights of children- Let’s see it.

  3. RIP – we as a community need to make it clear and be proactive that bullying in any form is not acceptable. Start with those closest to you and pay it forward. God bless his soul, suicide is never an option, but one can never know the struggles he felt.

  4. They’ve been doing this when I was in school as well. Teachers turn a blind eye, too even when it’s right in front of them.

  5. This young man’s death is indeed a tragedy, and I hope it spurs both reflection and effective action on the part of parents, teens, educators and authorities. I would also like to commend Edmond Ortiz for his excellent coverage of the story. The depth of detail you provided on many questions related to the story is rarely found in news these days. Thanks for a sensitive yet thorough piece.

  6. What I find so disturbing is how many “followers” the bully still has on Instagram. Why are the students at the high school not furious at the perpetrator enough to remove him from their feeds? !?!? Disgusting and nauseating that this kid might feel justified because students don’t rally together and shun him from social media. There is NO excuse for this lack of reaction by his peers.

  7. This is tragic, but it is important to note that there is no evidence in the social sciences to suggest that bullying is “ingrained in human nature” and “as old as the human race itself.” ( as stated by Dr. Pliszki in this article, who I might add is not an anthropologist).

    Quite the contrary, in fact. This kind of behavior does NOT seem to occur in egalitarian societies (indigenous), the most representative of humanity through the epochs of time . This clarification is my way of saying that we need to look deeply into OUR society and its impact on youth, instead of sidestepping responsibility by incurring the easy adage “its human nature.”

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