​Amanda Todd Suicide Teaches Us Of Bullying Problem

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October 31, 2012

The Amanda Todd suicide was allegedly caused by relentless bullying. Todd, 15, changed cities twice, even went to several different schools, but people continued to follow her up until her suicide. The 15-year-old made a YouTube video about a month ago describing the type of cyber and physical bullying she was going through.

Police say serious-crime teams are now working together on the case, conducting interviews and reviewing contributing factors to her death. They ask anybody with information can email amandaTODDinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

An official with the coroner’s office has confirmed preliminary indications suggest 15-year-old committed suicide on Wednesday Investigators in Canada know how she died, but will not release that information. Authorities have confirmed that a full investigation has been launched into the circumstances that led to her death.

Meanwhile, Todd’s mother told the Vancouver Sun she wants her daughter’s anti-cyber-bullying video to be used to help other young people.

“I think the video should be shared and used as an anti-bullying tool. That is what my daughter would have wanted,” Carol Todd said in a message via Twitter.

Todd posted a video on Sept. 7, entitled “My Story: Struggling, bullying, suicide and self harm,” in which she doesn’t speak but holds up a series of white pieces of paper with short messages in black marker.

On the papers, the teen explains that as a Grade 7 student, she was lured by an unidentified male to expose her breasts via webcam.

One year later, Todd said she got a message from him on Facebook, though she didn’t know how he knew her name or where to find her.

Todd’s notes said the man ordered her to “put on a show for me,” or he would send around the webcam pictures. Todd said he knew her address, her school, her friends and her family.

She said she was later alerted by police that he had followed through with the threat.

“I then got really sick,” she wrote.

She noted she was plunged into anxiety, major depression, drugs and alcohol. But the bullying didn’t stop. She said the man created a Facebook page with a list of her friends and school.