School Safety Law Toolkit

Senate Bill 530

Effective Date: September 1, 2021

Updates the harassment statute to include social media posts. It is a Class B misdemeanor to repeatedly post content on a website or social media account which is likely to cause a person emotional distress, abuse, or torment. The only exception is if the content is made in connection with matters of public concern, as defined in Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code 27.001.

The penalty can become a Class A misdemeanor under the harassment statute if:

  • The person has previously been convicted under the harassment statute.
  • The person acts with the intent for a person under age 18 to die by suicide or cause serious bodily injury. This can also be known as “suicide baiting.”
  • The person has violated an injunction and/or temporary restraining order issued under Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 129A, also known as “David’s Law.”