Howard mom who pressed for Gracie's Law among '50 women to watch'

  • Chris McComas of Woodbine.
Chris McComas of Woodbine. (Barbara Haddock Taylor…)
July 22, 2013|By Susan Reimer

The Baltimore Sun this week released its list of 50 women to watch, featuring a look at Maryland women who have made their mark in fields including arts, government, business, law, health, nonprofits and education.

Among them is Christine McComas, 48, of Howard County, mother of Grace McComas, whose suicide resulted in "Grace's Law.”

When 15-year-old Grace McComas took her own life on Easter morning 2012, her parents, Christine and David, were devastated. But as the family described the online bullying that they say precipitated her death, they got support from Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and Maryland first lady Katie O'Malley.

Christine's testimony in the State House, along with that of her husband and daughter, was critical to the passage of "Grace's Law," which expands the kind of online harassment the state bans.

Christine, a horticulturalist, is now focused on bullying issues on a national level.

"I knew we would honor her and who we are as a family," she said.

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