David Molak: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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David Molak: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

David Molak Bullying Suicide

(Facebook)

A 16-year-old sophomore committed suicide by hanging in Texas on January 4. His brother said in a viral Facebook post that David Molak took his own life after he suffered relentless bullying over his physical appearance. That social media message, written by Cliff Molak, has garnered national media attention to the issue of cyber and texting bullying. Police in San Antonio are now investigating the accusations of bullying, which was done primarily through Instagram, according to Molak’s family. One shocking message, according Cliff Molak, read, “We’re going to put him six feet under.” Another said that a group was “going to put him in a body bag.” His brother added that the attacks started eight months ago.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. In His Facebook Post, Cliff Molak Said His Brother’s Suicide Was Prompted by ‘a Boy Whom I Will Not Further Empower by Naming’

David Molak brother Cliff Facebook post

David Molak pictured with his brothers and mother. (Facebook)

In his touching Facebook post, Cliff Molak wrote, “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.” He added:

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.

In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, Cliff Molak said his brother had started a relationship with a girl known as the “queen bee” of their high school. That’s something that his “tormentors” hated, according to Cliff Molak.

David Molak Facebook page

(Facebook)

Cliff Molak wrote on Facebook that on the night before his brother died, January 3, Molak had received more bullying messages as he had been added into a text message group. Cliff wrote, “He stared off into the distance for what seemed like an hour. I could feel his pain. It was a tangible pain.” Cliff then took aim at the evolution of bullying, saying, “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 rest of the post read:

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.

In a separate interview with the San Antonio News-Express, Cliff said, “The main message I want to get across to as many people as I can is this all comes down to character — to end bullying, you’ve got to start at the ground level.”


2. Molak’s Parents Had Just Transferred Him to a Private School, But the Bullying Persisted

(Facebook)

(Facebook)

The San Antonio News-Express reports that this was not the first time that Molak had attempted suicide. In one previous incident he had tried to kill himself with over-the-counter pills. On Molak’s Facebook page in 2014, he posted that he had graduated out of Alamo Heights High School.

Cliff Molak told the newspaper that in response to the bullying, his parents had taken his brother out of Alama Heights High School and transferred him to the San Antonio Christian Academy, a private school. Cliff says, “He just couldn’t handle the idea of going to a new school while still being bullied by people at his old school, they just sucked his spirit.”

School superintendent Kevin Brown told the San Antonio News-Express, “Right now, we don’t know all the facts of the case and we’re really trying to help our students through the grieving process, we’re working on healing. We will be looking at the facts as they become available to us and we will take very strong and appropriate action.”


3. His Funeral Was Held on the Morning of January 8 in San Antonio

(Screengrab via KSAT)

(Screengrab via KSAT)

According to his obituary, Molak’s funeral was held in San Antonio at the Christ Episcopal Church on January 8. His obit details Molak’s love of the San Antonio Spurs and how he enjoyed being an Eagle Scout. The tribute reads in part:

David never passed up on an opportunity for an outdoor adventure or a chance to dominate his family in Monopoly.

His infectious smile and sharp wit entertained his peers to the dismay of his teachers, but all in good fun.

KENS reports that Molak’s family says everybody is welcome to the service. In an interview with that station, Cliff Molak recited an anecdote he heard about his brother:

One day she’s sitting at her desk putting on makeup. David turns around to her and says, ‘What are you doing? You don’t need that.’ She told me that her self-esteem has never had such a boost.


4. Just Prior to His Death, Molak Had Been Named ‘Athlete of the Month’ at His Local Gym

(Screengrab via KSAT)

(Screengrab via KSAT)

On his Facebook page, Molak talked about wanting to study sports management at the University of Texas at Austin. His profile photo shows him wearing a San Antonio Spurs t-shirt and has a cover image showing the team’s badge.

KSAT reports that Molak had
“recently” been chosen as Athlete of the Month at the North Side gym, where he was a founding member. Cliff Molak told the station that after that award, his brother’s spirits were raised and “he was getting better.” The gym posted a tribute to David Molak on their website, saying that he “relished the moments he could claim a victory over his dad.”


5. The ‘Main Bully’ Refused to Wear Black-and-White in Tribute to Molak on January 6

(Getty)

(Getty)

Speaking to KSAT, District Attorney Nico LaHood said that the incident is being investigated and that as it’s harassment, it’s a Class B misdemeanor. Meanwhile, Cliff Molak told the station that social media “can be used for good an evil.” KENS reports that the “main bully” has been suspended by Alamo Heights High School. Though the ABC affiliate shockingly reported that on January 6, while every other student at Alamo wore black and white in tribute to Molak, the “main bully” wore neon colors.

Recently, Twitter announced that the company is taking a tougher stance on cyber bullying. However, that comes as another app, After School, is on the rise. That service allows student to post anonymous messages about students online, leading to fears that it will be used for bullying.

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Rk

The moron parents of this,poor,kid who r probably rich the rich have absolutely NO common sense whastoever, PAY FOR A PRIVATE SCHOOL LIKE IDIOTS should have HOME SCHOOLED HIM U MORONS.KILLED UR OWN SON.HOW WOULD U FORCE SOMEONE WHOS BEEN BULLIED DAILY FOR YEARS TO A NEW SCHOOL KNOWUNG HOW MESSED UP THAT WOULD BE FOR HIM TO HAVE A WHOLE NEW SET OF BULLIES TO BERATE HIM. WHAT IDIOTS..IG ANYONE READING THIS HAS KIDS BEING BULLIED PLEASE DONT SWITCH SCHOOLS OR THINK A PRIVATE RICH GREEDY AHOLE SCHOOL WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM, HOMESCHOOL THEM!!AND U MAY JUST SAVE THEIR LIFE. I KNOW I WAS BULLIED FOR YEARS AND 20 YEARS LATER IT STILL HURTS.

yellowdog

daring to disgrace the parents at a time like this is unbelievably disrespectful and hateful. How in the hell do you know anything about the Christian Academy??? His parents were doing what they thought they could to help and here you sit on your high horse computer spouting more hate. You are just as bad as the kids that bullied David. Shame on you.

Rb

Damn right i can say that to his parents. Iveived though this and no way did my parents force ne to go to a new school after being. Bullied for a year straight. Thats just asking to cause the child more pain.and a whole new set of bullies. Although i did go back to school a NEW LUTHERAN SCHOOL whete kids did not bully me as they did AT THE catholic private school. Thats why i say the rich r the evil. They let their kids behave this way cuz their too busy focusing on all their money.and making more of it.

proudshamrockblog

I am completely confident that you are aware that you are an as#wipe who unfortunately has access to the Internet where you dare to grossly disrespect the grieving parents of this poor soul. I’m having a hard time believing your story about being a victim of bullying. The reason is glaringly obvious but I probably need to explain it to you. Mainly, YOU are a bully! HOW DARE YOU CALL THEM OUT! David’s parents DID get him help. They WERE aware of his depression and did everything they could to help him. You seem to think you have some kind of right to rant and rave about homeschooling, to say to his parents, “killed ur own son”. Any parent who is, God forbid, dealing with this kind of situation will move their child to a new/private school before jumping on the home school bandwagon!

Everyone is teased in school! You say you were bullied daily for being “shy and tall and bug eyes”, but the reality is it sounds like you were TEASED. Hate to break it to you, but I was shy, very tall, had thick coke bottle glasses AND had braces with a headgear! Being a little girl who is teased daily feels like the end of the world, but it’s not. Normal childhood teasing by mean kids is something most of us go through; however, David’s situation was much, much worse and in no way could be called “teasing”. From your “story” it sounds like you were a typical nerd who was easy prey for the mean kids – oh, my bad, the RICH mean kids. I was too until after a couple of years I got sick of it and finally stood up for myself. If I had told my parents that I had to be taken out of school and be taught at home because the teasing hurt my feelings, they would have laughed, given my big brother the green light to beat me up and then enrolled me in Karate!

You obviously blame the world, and especially the “rich” for all your problems. You were teased, WAAAA! I was too. Your last name is that of a man’s first name, WAAAAA! My first name is a man’s first name! You are just a little whiner who probably grew up poor – like a lot of us – and decided it was easier to play the victim. When you are the victim it’s never your fault that you’re lazy. You make everyone around you miserable by whining and complaining and blaming everyone and everything else for your laziness and inadequacies instead of putting on your big girl/boy panties and growing up!

You make me sick by daring to compare the teasing you and EVERYONE endures to the BULLYING David went through. Go away….

Rk

You must he anotheR rich pos w no common sense they got him NO HELP byt to get a whole new set of bullies

proudshamrockblog

Again with the whining! BTW, thank you for labeling me POS! Though I don’t think of myself as “rich” my work ethic and my POS – Piece Of Strength – allows me to live very comfortably and spoil myself and my family. I worked my ass off to get where I am today and I started with nothing. Did you even “read” the articles written about David and his parents or are you just throwing crap out the window in the hopes it’ll stick? It’s rediculous that I have wasted my precious time on this!

Can't be

Please do not pay any attention to these nasty, ignorant comments. Your family deserves respect and support to grieve this terrible loss. My heart breaks for what this young man must have felt at the hands of people like this…cowards who hide behind the anonymous atmosphere that cyberspace provides. It is just another means by which they can escape consequences for ignorant, cruel and thoughtless behavior. They are of the lowest form of character as further evidenced by wearing neon clothing rather than honoring the dead. These people are making a statement about themselves; they are getting the attention they want but they fail to see the big picture. They have our attention and we know what they are…they are less than human and nobody will want any part of them. The victim was far better then they could ever hope to be and his character will far outshine their uncivilized acts. May you find peace in your quest to bring cyberbullying to the attention of those far and wide so that we work together to spare others such grief. I truly hope those responsible are made to accept responsibility for their behavior. People should be wondering about THEIR parents and the values supported in their homes rather than making upsetting insinuations about the parents of the victim.

For Real Rb?

Rb—If you read the very moving, poignant letter that his brother published after his death, you will see just what kind of sons David’s parents raised and the kind of parents that they clearly are. You obviously harbor emotional pain from your schooling and, given that, I have to wonder where your empathy is for this young man and his family. I am sorry for your pain and further sorry to see you inflicting that pain on this suffering family. You have become the very bully that you despised in school by using your words to inflict emotional pain and further suffering on this family at the most vulnerable, painful time in their lives with seemingly little thought for the consequences that your words could have….hence the very definition of a cyberbully. It is time for you to step back and reflect on the person you have evolved into rather than torturing this poor family.

For Real Rb?

You have clearly become the bully you despised in high school. This is what you have evolved into— you are torturing this poor family with your cruel, judgemental words at what is likely the most vulnerable, painful time in their lives. Not one word of compassion, empathy or support. Yup, you are a full-fledged cyberbully….nothing more. You clearly present as someone who felt bullying was an atrocity when it was done to you and I agree, it is an atrocity, so why turn around and do it to someone else?

R. Knoll

Your posts could not more clearly demonstrate the overall effectiveness of homeschooling…

Anonymous

I agree this is not the parents fault but if had tried this before maybe he needed something different. Maybe to talk to someone or something. It just sucks because I have kids in high school and sometimes they are bullied but I always remind them that kids can be mean. I wished something could have been done for David before he decided he had had enough. This is a sad story. I hope some kind of criminal charges are brought against that little jealous brat that started all of this.

jason

I see a common problem here. which is there must be severe criminal consequences against the bullies who caused this young man so much pain and suffering. You would want to see justice done if your son or daughter was sexually harassed or raped wouldnt you? Well this bullying when it gets this bad should be treated just as serious as that. find the perps , prove it was them in the court of law and charge them as adults and give them ten years apiece in prison. And i thought texas was tough on crime.

Levi

You are a true piece of excrement. Back to the darkness with you.

shrtbr

You’re just as bad as the people that bullied this young man to death. Have you no compassion at all? Unfortunately the laws in Texas against cyber bullying have not been strengthened so those responsible will only get a slap on the wrist but I am a firm believer in karma and one day they will get theirs as will you.

adittmeier1

Wow, you are quite the cyperbully yourself, aren’t you? Maybe you’re even the ring leader who did this. Yeah, hide behind your initials and throw more fuel on the pain of this poor family. Cyberbully, you.

adittmeier1

By the way, I guess you missed the part where this started at his public school in October, and the parents moved him to a private school to get him away from it. However, the cyberbullies (like yourself) from the old school continued to torment him on social media.

Rk

To gethim away from it??the private schools are just as bad if not worse then public schools are. Wow wake up. All the rich stuck up entitled pos go to cathrolic schools majority of them anyway .

Anonymous

So, I assume you’ve gone to Catholic school? Or is it that you are, once again, making broad accusations. For your information, FACT: many children who attend private Catholic school are subsidized by the Archdiocese because they cannot afford it and they have the grades to go. Their parents work 2 and three jobs to allow them to participate fully in the curriculum. God Almighty! Shut up already.

Ty Manasco

I’m and 8th grader that was bullied. I know the pain you have felt but true pain is when you lose some one you love. I have lost someone I love and it hurts so very bad. If you knew that then you might have a glimpse of what the Molaks are going through. I also went to a private school but my friends there are some of the best I’ve ever had. It wasn’t the private school that got to David it was the constant torment from the people online. I know loss is hard but just know that God is up there with David. David is in a better place but we all will miss him. So be happy for the time together not sad for the time apart. I was crying while writing this because I know how hard it is.

Clancy

You are a douche. I feel sorry for you! If any parents are stupid it would have to be yours for raising such a disrespectful and hateful person. Go back to your nasty couch and your laptop and find someone else to harass!

Amanda

You clearly have misunderstood what has happened. David was not bullied by students at the new school. He continued to receive bullying messages via social media from peers at his previous school. Attacking the parents who’ve lost their son is evil!

AN

A couple of comments here…
First of all this is a parents worst nightmare realized. All families in this situation will forever feel guilty thinking they should have done more. With the events behind us it so easy to judge a situation and say “I would have done…”. Truly, you have no idea what you would have done in someone else’s situation. You are only guessing because you don’t know the factual circumstances. You are only perpetuating and amplifying the pain and hurt.
Second… Some of you have posted names of kids that should have never been put out there. The school district has spoken with each of these students along with their families and gone over any text or comment that was made. In regards to the three students who names kept being reposted, they were found not to have had any significant involvement in the case. As a matter of fact the school has an attorney looking in to slander in regards to these students. I know in a tragic situation like this we want the responsible parties to be held accountable and I certianly don’t disagree, but for people to keep putting names out there with out knowing if it’s factual is very irresponsible. You have most likely changed a childs life forever. Lastly, we all need to slow down in situations like this before we keep posting information that is not accurate. For example, reports of what the “bully” wore on the day a lot of kids wore Spurs colors is simply not true. The decision for students to wear Spurs colors in support of David that day was not something that was put out by the school. It came from a forwarded text that kept being shared, so there were many students that did not even know about it. As for the “bully” he did not have on neon, he had on a TX longhorn shirt.
PLEASE be responsible with what you post and share, wait for factual information to come out. As we all know, comments made toward others can be life changing.

Caleb Archer

This is an excellent point. I think empassioned, saddened by my own pain from being bullied brought up these feelings. You are correct – if the person who named the bullies was lying this is a horrible tragedy and words can hurt. Ijust hope good comes of this. Multiple people posted the names of the bullies…(or seemingly). Are they all wrong?

AN

Yes…in regards to the names of the 3 students that were posted, then kept being reposted, they are wrong.

AN

Mad… The police nor the school district have released the names of any individual involved. I do know for a fact that the three students whose names were posted were cleared, so unless you have evidence contrary to this I personally feel you are part of the problem rather than the solution.

Julie

You are disgraceful.
Your senseless words could be considered harassment. Clearly you lack maturity as you make assumptions through a pigeon hole.

Anonymous

You have no idea what you’re talking about! The Molak’s are a kind and close knit family who did what they could to protect their son. You sir are worse than the bullies! How dare you make such sickening accusations about a family in pain. Rot in he**!

Loren 411

Oh, how about the incident where the alleged bully forced another victims fingers backwards. Can we say DENIAL !!!

Rachel

Although I 100% do not support Jack, or appreciate the thing he has done. I think he was wrong as do the rest of you, but it’s not fair to say he picked on the kid or “threw” him down the slide in the first inncedent. I actually go to Alamo heights, my brother was at the party, my best friends brother actually threw the party, so I have a bit more insight. One boy was on the slide and Jack wanted to go down but the boy was in the way. He was waiting for people to move out of the way so he could prevent what so unfortunately happened sadly. Jack was tired of waiting so he pushed the boy down the slide while bumping another boy in the head when he got to the bottom. Not noticing what he hit, and not thinking anything of it, left. Once he was unconscious he did sink, and later when the party goers realised he was missing it was to late sadly. Yes it is Jack’s fault, but he didn’t bully anyone. After the inccedent he did change. He became aggressive. You didn’t even need to know him to see if the change. His brain became messed up, and it led to so Mich more including David. He already has to deaths on his belt, although he is as guilty as anyone, and did a horrible thing, let’s try to not make him a murderer. #Ripdavid #David’slegacy #stopbullying

Rk

Sickening EVIL EVIL PEOPLE. I TOO WAS BULLIED DAILY IN HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE I WAS SHY AND TALL AND WAS CALLED BUG EYES EVEN THOUGH MY EYES HAVE BEENCALLED BEUATIFUL BY SOOO MANY MEN SINCE MY YOUTH AND THEY ARENT NEARLY THAT BIG LIKE YOUD THINK TO BE RIDICULED DAILY BEING CALLED THAT. I WAS ALSO TEASED DAILY AS CLASS ROLE WAS CALLED BECAUE MY LAST NAME WAS THE NAME OF A MANS FIRST NAME BRUCE. IT WAS AT A PRIVATE CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND THOSE EVIL MFERS WERE THE RICH STUCK,UP CROWD OF EVIL MFERS GUYS AND GIRLS BOTH BUT IT WAS MAINLY THE GUYS TEASING ME THEY MADE KE DEVELOP MIGRANES AND SEVERE DEPRESSION and i ended up having to drop out of high school after freshman year becauee i was soo messed up over it. It negatively affected the rest of ky life i believe and its funny cuz rught after i turned 17 all the guys wanted to date me and have been told om beautiful by so,many over the years…people are evil especially the rich greedy stuck up kind.

Caleb Archer

No problem! I didn’t know the names. I live in SF, but someone on this thread posted the names anonymously and I think it’s important to make sure people know about this. The courage was someone else’s. I agree 100% with you. Mrs. Clark is in denial and it is parents that live in denial that will continue this pattern of bullying by accepting no responsibility. So heartbreaking to consider what the world will become if more parents continue to defend their child’s horrific, cruel behavior.

Anonymous

Caleb Archer & Anonymous Says,
I live in the SF Bay Area but am originally from the Alamo Heights area. I also have been a kindergarten teacher for years. I’ve learned through the years whether you are a bully or being bullied there is always a fair amount of hurt one carries within. Because we live in a world of social media it not only creates separation but also brings us together. I’m knowing this one of my favorite phrases is “It takes a village to raise someone” must be well implemented within our children. I being an outsider to the situation feel bad for both the bullies and David Molak. Sometimes if parents can’t recognize or are in denial it’s our job as their friends to help them shed light on their situations by assisting them in anyway we can. I myself have no children at the moment but always try to help out mummy friends and family who do have kids & know through observing how much difficult it can be. We need to help in all communities to build bridges & clear pathways for all children to walk together. Once we implement healthier situations for our youth with better support systems & programs there will be less suicides & less bullying. I say stop the hurt on all sides of the spectrum!!! Blessings & Namaste to all of you!!!

Loren 411

Thanks, for naming these tough guys . Karma will take care of them. ” All in good time .” Maybe not today , maybe not tomorrow, maybe not this year but one day “he” and “they” will have families and have reminders of their actions and intentions.

AnOn

Thank you for naming those responsible for the bullying. Clearly, it’s a who’s who of AH which is why they haven’t already been charged with something… If AH lets the parents $$ and influence allow this to be swept under the rug, then they are just as guilty for the harassment David endured….

Caleb Archer

Do you have the Instagram screenshot with the names not blurred? Noah’s mom claims he is INNOCENT and never spoke to Molak other than this day.

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