15-year-old Vancouver teenager, Amanda Todd, posted this tragic YouTube video where she explains the horrific bullying she experienced before taking her own life.
Todd explains that the bullying started when she was in 7th grade, when made the silly mistake of flashing her breasts to someone she was talking to on a webcam.
The guy took a screenshot of the topless youngster and threatened that unless she did a ‘show’ for him, those images would reach everyone she knew.
The cards that the troubled teen holds up in the video explain the full horror of what she experienced, stating that the boy knew where she lived, what school she went to and the names of her friends and relatives. Then during the Christmas break, the police arrived at her home and informed her that her picture was everywhere.
She said she lost all her friends and all the respect, she felt lonely, depressed and turned to drugs and alcohol to try and ease the pain. She even switched schools 3 times in an attempt to leave her past behind her, but this one stupid mistake followed her everywhere she went.
Just when the bullying was easing up a little she began chatting to a guy from her old school, he convinced her that he really liked her and eventually they hooked up. The guy then turned up at her new school with his girlfriend and a gang of mates and they beat Todd up and left her lying on the ground. She moved schools again, but by now the depression was so bad, she was unable to function properly, not leaving the house and cutting herself regularly.
After the incident where the gang turned up her school and beat her, she drank bleach in an attempt to kill herself, but was rushed to hospital and had her stomach pumped. People she knew posted pictures of bottles of bleach on Facebook tagging her in them and leaving messages like ‘I hope she dies this time’ and ‘maybe she should try a different brand.’
In a chilling and desperate message, Todd writes “I have nobody…I need somebody.”
Finally it was just too much to take and Amanda Todd took her own life on October 10th after posting the heartbreaking video.
Those who knew Todd and thousands of others from locations around the world have shared the video and expressed their outrage at the torment she suffered. One blogger wrote: “You see this girl right here? Yesterday she took her own life due to bullying…This was my friend, someone’s daughter, someone’s cousin, and she was loved by many.”
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark posted a video online in response to the news of Todd’s suicide, she said:
“Bullying has to stop. Every child, every one, needs to be able to feel safe at school…When we send our kids to school we need to know that they are going to come home safe.”
University of British Columbia professor Jennifer Shapka – an expert on bulling, said:
“Hopefully this will be a wake-up call that in B.C., bullying is a real problem…The way to combat this has to be with youth themselves. We need to harness the youth voice in the venue where this is happening.”
Canadian police have not commented on whether they investigated the distributed pictures that were the cause of Todd’s horrible ordeal as yet.
This is one of the saddest cases I have written about for a long time, no one should have to go through that, I really hope that Amanda is at peace now and that the youths who made her life a misery are made to understand the consequences of their actions.
There is now a Facebook fanpage dedicated to Amanda.