Saturday, 13 October 2012
11:21:36 PM (GMT)
Amanda Todd, a Vancouver-area teenager who posted a story to YouTube last month
about being cyber-bullied, was found dead Wednesday night in Coquitlam, Canada.
Authorities believe she committed suicide.
Amanda's video tells a heart-wrenching story of the bullying she was subjected to --
both online and off. "In 7th grade," she begins, sharing her message on cue cards, "I
would go with friends on webcam [to] meet and talk to new people." At one point, a
stranger flattered her into flashing the camera.
One year later, a man contacted her on Facebook, threatening to send around the
picture of her topless "if [she] don't put on a show." Terrifyingly, the stranger
knew everything about her: her address, school, friends, relatives, and the names of
her family members. Soon, her naked photo had been forwarded "to everyone."
Amanda developed anxiety, depression, and anxiety disorders, she says in the video,
followed by a path into drugs and alcohol.
She changed schools and found a new group of friends in an effort to leave behind the
bullies. Then the man created a Facebook profile, using her uncensored photo as his
profile picture. "Cried every night, lost all my friends and respect people had for
me... again... then nobody liked me," she wrote in the video.
She tells her story on Youtube
Seriously BULLYING HAS TO BE STOPPED. I cried today... Those people diserve payback.