TEXAS CITY (AP) — Family members of a Houston-area high school student who killed herself are rallying for tighter laws against cyberbullying.READ MORE: Anna Police Investigating Crash That Killed 22-Year-Old Man
Brandy Vela’s family says cyberbullying pushed the 18-year-old over the edge, leading her to shoot herself in the chest Tuesday afternoon at the family’s Texas City home as family members watched.
Her father, Raul Vela, said Brandy had been receiving abusive text messages for months from bullies using an untraceable smartphone application. Her father said someone made a fake Facebook page of her, creating another cyberbullying medium.READ MORE: Texas Joins Oklahoma's Effort To Overturn McGirt
Vela said the family reported the bullying to the Texas City school district and several law enforcement agencies.
The father told a local television station that he hopes for stricter laws against cyberbullying and greater awareness of the problem.MORE NEWS: 2 Killed, 5 Injured After Drag Racer Slams Into Spectators An Texas Airport
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