15-years-old Amanda Todd committed suicide today, five weeks after posting a YouTube video about being bullied and cyberbullied. Body of Amanda, a grade 10 student, was discovered from Port Coquitlam, B.C. home almost sometime after 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Amanda reportedly joined YouTube on Sept. 6 and uploaded a video entitled, “Amanda Todd: Struggling, Bullying, Suicide, Self harm.”
During Grade 7, Amanda and some of her friends started using webcams to meet new people and make friends. Almost a year later, some boy convinced her to flash her breasts, which resulted in a visit of police at her house at 4 a.m. on Christmas Eve, announcing that her pictures have gone viral. Consequently, the young teenager established deep depression, panic attacks and anxiety. She begun using alcohol and drugs and even cut herself on several occasions.
Amanda was then forced to change her school, but that barely work. She again became a victim of bullying, as one day she was beaten up by some teenagers in front of the entire school. She reached home and attempted to kill herself by drinking bleach. Life did not get any easier with her; she constantly had to face bullying from various people in her social life. Teens would post online saying they wished she was dead, sometimes it was accompanied by a picture of bleach.
Near the end of the video, Amanda asks, “Every day I think why am I still here? I have nobody. I need somebody.”
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