Hurd Hosts Bullying Prevention Summit in San Antonio

September 8, 2018
Press Release
‘We all have a role to play and we must do better’

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) hosted an anti-bullying panel discussion in San Antonio to raise awareness of bullying and cyber-bullying abuse and to educate the community on prevention resources and best practices. Participants included MMA Fighter Justin Wren, founder of Fight for the ForgottenMaurine Molak, mother of late David Molak and co-founder of David’s Legacy Foundation; D6 City Councilman Greg Brockhouse; TJ Mayes, Chief of Staff to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff; SAPD Deputy Policy Chief Gus Guzman; and Sandy Detamore, owner of Drama Kids International.

Participants discussed their own personal bullying experiences, how different levels of government are working to prevent or mediate bullying, areas for collaboration, and the best ways for concerned residents to engage elected officials. The event was a continuation of Rep. Hurd’s ongoing anti-bullying advocacy and work in Congress.

The full conversation was livestreamed and can be watched HERE.

“Ensuring an environment of kindness and respect is critical to the health and safety of students and our communities,” said Hurd. “We are living in time of deteriorating civility which jeopardizes the competition of ideas and the learning environment for our children. Everyone has a role to play in preventing bullying at all levels, and as a community, we must do better. I’m glad we could get local leaders together today to start a continued dialogue about how we can prevent bullying.”

“Youth and teen addiction, depression, suicide, and school shootings are all on the rise. That's why the issue of Bullying Prevention really should be at the forefront of our minds and taken in to serious discussion,” said Justin Wren, MMA Fighter and founder of Fight for the Forgotten. “Our youth need to know there are other options and they need to be empowered with that knowledge. We must take a stand against these issues and I'm humbled to be able to stand beside and speak out against Bullying alongside Congressman Hurd and especially Maurine Molak as she honors the memory of her son David. As someone who grew up being relentlessly bullied in my formative years, I'm humbled, honored, and excited to share my story and to be part of the Bullying Prevention Summit hosted by Congressman Will Hurd.” 

“We are grateful to Rep. Hurd for standing against cyberbullying with David's Legacy Foundation through the Bullying Prevention Summit,” said Maurine Molak, co-founder of David’s Legacy Foundation. "Our organization aims to end the cyber-assisted bullying of minors and legislators like Will Hurd are vital to helping spread our message: that words can wound and online bullying has serious consequences in the state of Texas."

"Drama Kids International is proud to be a part of Rep. Will Hurd’s anti-bullying campaign this year,” said Sandy Detamore, owner of Drama Kids International. “We strive to help students and parents understand that with each choice we make, whether it’s with an expression or a sentence, we can either make others feel valued or feel bullied. As Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.’ Bullying is not an accident! It’s a choice, and we help students make the right choice!”