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Teen who posted YouTube video on bullying found dead


TORONTO – Canadians were shocked, angered and saddened after learning the fate of a 15-year-old schoolgirl who was found dead, an apparent suicide, five weeks after she uploaded a video to YouTube describing years of bullying that drove her to drugs and alcohol.

Coroner Barb McLintock said Thursday night that preliminary indications suggest the British Columbia girl, Amanda Todd, killed herself. Her school district’s spokeswoman, Cheryl Quinton, confirmed the girl in the video was her.

In the 9-minute video posted on Sept. 7, the 10th-grader and cheerleader didn’t speak but told her story in haunting detail in a series of handwritten notes that she held up to the camera.

She said she was lured by a stranger to expose her breasts on a webcam and the picture ended up on a Facebook page made by the stranger, to which her friends were added.

She wrote of being plunged into anxiety, depression, drugs and alcohol. She said she changed schools but an encounter with another girl’s boyfriend started the bullying again, which this time escalated into a physical attack in which she said she was beaten.

When she got home, she wrote, she drank bleach. “It killed me inside and I thought I actually was going to die.”

She was rushed to a hospital to flush out the bleach. More anxiety, cutting and overdosing followed, her struggles with anxiety and cutting herself got worse, and despite counseling and antidepressants, she was rushed to hospital again after an overdose.

The last cards said simply: “I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.”

Beneath the video, Todd posted a note saying she produced it not for attention, but “to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong.”

“Everyone’s future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here, aren’t I?”

Coroner McClintock said she died in her home Wednesday. Her office released no other details.

Her family could not be reached by phone. The Coquitlam Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the family is not prepared to speak publicly and have asked that their privacy be respected.

The girl’s death was headline news nationally Friday, with (hash)RIPAmanda trending across Twitter and the Amanda Michelle Todd memorial Facebook page garnering more than 30,000 “likes.”

Cyber-bullying experts and criminologists suggested laws be strengthened to allow police to trace cyber bullies through the Internet.

British Premier Christy Clark posted a video on YouTube deploring the tragedy. Bullying “isn’t a rite of passage,” she said. “Bullying has to stop.”

The British Columbia gym where Amanda was a cheerleader posted a statement on its Facebook page.

“I ask that we all watch her video and share her story so that her loss is not in vain,” the statement read. “Allow this to be her legacy. Allow us to all look around and find the next Amanda before another precious spunky teenager is lost.”

Shock, sadness and recriminations poured out on a Facebook page devoted to her, with one signatory accusing others of having participated in the bullying.

Irena Pochop, communications manager for the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows school district east of Vancouver, confirmed Amanda was enrolled in the district and had changed schools this year.

She would not address the girl’s specific case but said the district had a detailed system in place to protect victims.


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Tags: Amanda Todd , Bullying , Youth , Youtube

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

    No  online libel law, so what to do??? Nothing!!!!

  • WeAry_Bat

    Just like robbery, try not to appear being a nice target.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RVM6GTPCJHWSUO2WSOIAT3ZCGA ENER

    It all started when she agreed with a total stranger to expose her breasts on a webcam. Why did she? Why was she communicating with a total stranger? Why did she had an encounter with another girl’s boyfriend. This comment may be seen as cruel, but the truth is, it all started with her wrong decisions. Bullying was not the root of the problem in this case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/diemhang.hitsugaya Diemhang Hitsugaya

    how to overcome bullying?..teach your children to strike back

  • blainz

    Tragic, and all too often repeated. Kids can get very mean. Shame on all the bullies.

    This is a real case of cyberbullying – not that whining of a plagiarizing senator who has the nerve to steal the term for his convenience. Shame on him.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETIVE4H6I7ZVBAL72HE3VLGCA4 nicosan

      can’t you move on about sen sotto’s alleged plagiarism? that story is dead. let’s just hope that a better cyber crime law is enacted.

      • blainz

        That story will be dead when the senator is no longer a senator. Let him forget his misdeeds, and he’ll be back to his copy-pasting ways and shaming the country once again.

        I don’t like reruns of reruns.

      • Iggy Ramirez

        The story will be dead if the Senator is dead.

        You see, you will be haunted by your misdeeds up to the end.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    cyber bullying? e di e cyber bully mo rin cya ng mas grabe….personal bullying? tigukin mo agad…tangna……tadyakan mo ng ubod lakas sa beklog kung lalaki at kung babae sabuyan mo ng asido…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETIVE4H6I7ZVBAL72HE3VLGCA4 nicosan

      there’s a law against what you are suggesting. aral aral muna kapatid baka mapahamak ka. ignorance of the law doesn’t excuse you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    How to overcome bullying?  In school or anywhere, it helps to learn and know self defense.  It builds confidence.  But if your enemy knows that you can fight, he may bring a gun to scare and bully you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Her parents were partly to blame.  Parental neglect is common in Western culture.

  • Rigoberto_Doronila

    Everyone beating their chests, but no one ever EVER even posts the name of the bullies when something this tragic happens. If you will only shame the bullies, publicly identify and scorn them, you’d put a stop to many of these tragedies.

    • WAUNAKEE

      I was bullied when I was in Grade 2 by my classmate who was 2 years older than me. That was the first & last time I was bullied – I punched and left the bully with a bleeding broken nose.

      • kalikasanipagtanggol

         It happened to me too in grade school but he wasn’t able to bully me because I beat him up when he first tried. It happened again in teenage years but even before they can bully me, they’ve got what they deserved. You have to fight back!

  • divictes

    Bullying is something most adults and even authorities chose to ignore until something like this happens.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=536297567 Jay Carpena

      And nothing is being done about it..at least not enough…..how many more suicides does it need for laws to change, if it causes suicide, let them be charged with a more severe sentence. People know they can get away with it.



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