Vancouver-area teenager, 15-year-old Amanda Todd, committed suicide Wednesday thanks to constant bullying from classmates, after she made a series of YouTube videos telling her story to the world using flash cards.
The first bullying occurred when a man contacted her on Facebook after she had flashed herself during a chat session with friends. The man would later threaten 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.”
As the pics spread throughout her community, classmates in her school began to bully her and things only got worse.
The bullying got so bad that Amanda changed schools and found a new group of friends in an effort to leave behind the bullies.
According to the HuffPost:
Soon after, the bullying started again and she began to cut herself. Amanda moved to yet another school, where, after a boy began flirting with her, a troupe of girls from her first school came and beat her up. “Kids filmed it,” she writes. “I was all alone and left on the ground.”
Even moving to a new city Amanda’s bullying continued. Anti-depressants and counseling did little to combat the severe depression.
One of the descriptions in her YouTube video reads:
“I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although im sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyones future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I?”
As for Amanda’s parents, her mother Carol Todd told The Vancouver Sun in a message on Twitter:
“I think the video should be shared and used as an anti-bullying tool. That is what my daughter would have wanted.”
Friends and family have been sending their condolences to a Facebook page titled Rest In Paradise Amanda Michelle Todd, which has nearly 23,000 likes at the time of this article. The wall features countless messages of condolence.