Father of Cyberbullying Victim Speaks Out
A San Antonio family is sharing their cyberbullying story in hopes of bringing some law enforcement challenges to light.
The family's 17-year-old son was already dealing with one battle when the cyberbullying began.
And because the social media user, or users, created fake accounts it became nearly impossible to unmask them.
"When I saw the Twitter accounts and really the content of the attacks and how vile and malicious and disgusting they were, that's what really upset me," said dad Leo Vasquez.
The bully created fake, anonymous Twitter and Instagram accounts to try and terrorize Vasquez's son, Matt.
Matt's battle against cyberbullying started last fall, but his battle with cancer started two years ago when he was diagnosed with lymphoma.
"Matthew went into remission, but what happens is his treatment plan continues, and it takes a toll," said Vasquez. "But then to have to deal with this emotionally, it just made those effects even worse. Just to think someone would use cancer as the basis for the attacks is unfathomable."
Vasquez immediately called law enforcement, but he discovered making it stop wouldn't be that easy.
"Initially I was disappointed because there wasn't much that could be done because of freedom of speech laws or privacy laws that protect these people instead of the victim," Vasquez said.
To make matters worse, the user would just create new accounts once the previous ones were suspended.
"It posed a challenge," he said.
That's why the Vasquez family is committed to helping pass "David's Law" into legislation.
The law, named after cyberbullying victim 16-year-old David Molak, would help unmask those who hide behind fake accounts and hold them accountable.
The law has not yet been written, but State Senator Jose Menendez has promised to introduce it next legislative session.
The Bexar County District Attorney's Office is investigating Matt's case.