By Lorraine Murphy
|A woman views the YouTube video of Amanda Todd. Courtesy of Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images
Canadian teen Amanda Todd was pretty, caring, lonely and bullied. Ultimately, the bullying cost the 15-year-old her life.
Reportedly, someone online convinced her to send him pictures of herself, and he then sent the images to friends and family. Thus began the real-life bullying from her peers, separate from but feeding off of the online bullying she was already enduring. In early September she posted a video cry for help to YouTube — but it also became a target for attack. Finally, on Oct. 10, she took her own life.
The case inspired outrage around the world. She did everything right: asking for help, relying on friends and family, getting psychiatric help. But she still fell victim to someone else’s recreational hatred. The Royal Canadian Mounted police put an estimated two dozen officers on the case to find the man who victimized her, but had not announced any leads or suspects as of Monday.
Source: Future Tense