Senate Bill 179, also known as David’s Law. Named after David Molak who took his own life after experiencing cyberbullying. Specifically allows schools to discipline for off-campus incidents. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/SB00179F.pdf (signed by Governor on June 12, 2017; takes effect Sept 1, 2017).

H.B. 1942 http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/pdf/HB01942F.pdf#navpanes=0 Act applies beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. Schools must have a policy. “…‘bullying’ means…engaging in written or verbal expres­sion, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district.”  Nothing in the law about behaviors that occur away from school or about substantial disruption to the learning environment.

H.B. 283; Tex. Educ. Code Ann 25.0342, 37.217, 37.001, 37.083;


Criminal impersonation: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.33.htm

Criminal electronic harassment: http://codes.findlaw.com/tx/penal-code/penal-sect-42-07.html (Texas Penal Code § 42.07. Harassment)