A B.C. teen, who killed herself after years of bullying, has sparked a debate on how to stop online attacks and provide help to victims. Her YouTube video has also left a legacy.
Amanda Todd, 15, was found dead in a Coquitlam home this week. She had used YouTube to share her story of being bullied for years despite moving schools and cities.
Todd titled her black-and-white video "My Story: Struggling, bullying, suicide and self harm." She doesn't speak in it but reveals her story a phrase at at time through cue cards.
Todd's mother said on Twitter:
The format Amanda chose to tell her story is an effective and popular one, as other young people have used music and written cards in YouTube videos to pass on their bullying experiences and urge people thinking about suicide to seek help.
A week before her death, Todd uploaded a second video after the one about her torment. This recording showcases the talented teen singing "Outside Looking In." In the YouTube description, she wrote: "This song inspires me, because it makes me feel like I'm not the only one that has been picked on, and nobody's alone."
Are you in crisis? Need help? In Canada, find links and numbers to 24-hour suicide crisis lines in your province here.
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A Facebook post from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151108737498527&set=pb.245559443526.-2207520000.1349995284&type=1&theater">G Force Gym - Home of the Vancouver All Stars</a>: "Today we feel the loss of our former VAS family member Amanda... I ask that we all watch her video and share her story so that her loss is not in vain. Allow this to be her legacy... Allow us all to look around & find the next Amanda before another precious spunky teenager is lost. We have a responsibility today... Is there a kid in your school that made a mistake and is being shunned? Your challenge is to be a LEADER ... Be the Game Changers you are and sit with them today... reach out... smile... let them know that they are NOT alone in this harsh world. It's always EASY to do the EASY thing; we teach you to NOT do what is easy and instead, do what is right!! You will be surprised, how many people will follow YOU when you stick up for what is Right and honorable AND, forgiving those that have made mistakes in their YOUTH is the RIGHT thing to do!! Please share Amands's Story... SHARE IT & LIVE IT!"