The following are common behavior patterns regarding stalking, which can occur unsolicited or after a person tells another to stay away from them:
• making unwanted phone calls
• sending unsolicited or unwanted letters or e-mails
• following or spying on the victim
• showing up at places without a legitimate reason
• waiting at places for the victim
• leaving unwanted items, presents, or flowers
• posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
While individually these acts may not be criminal, collectively and repetitively these behaviors may cause a victim to fear for his or her safety or the safety of a family member.
Texas law on stalking states, in part:
Penal Code Section 42.072. (a) A person commits an offense if
the person, on more than one occasion and pursuant to the same
scheme or course of conduct that is directed specifically at
another person, knowingly engages in conduct, including following
the other person, that:
(1) he actor knows or reasonably believes the other person will regard as threatening:
(A) bodily injury or death for the other person;
(B) bodily injury or death for a member of the other person ’s family or household; or
(C) that an offense will be committed against the other person ’s property;
In the event you feel that you are a victim of stalking while on the Mountain View College campus, contact the MVC Police immediately at 214-860-8758 or come in person to the police office in W – 135.