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10:38 AM on 10/15/2012
My 14 year old and I watched this video together and cried for Amanda, Today parents have got to be involved with thier children, Teens and Tweens change ALL the time, Mental health in this country is very lacking, not enough facilites and health care providers to go around We know!! With the proper HELP, and medication Amanda might have been saved and grown up to be a Beautiful soul....with bullies and the Internet, and media ALL our children are at risk. I hope and pray her parents did all they could, All involved in the bullying should be arrested and tried as adults. Let the prison system show them what it feels like to be attacked and bullied! I hope Amanda finally found the peace she could not obtain here. RIP
09:45 PM on 10/14/2012
wait...the person who was blackmailing her posted this stuff on-line... she is under age... track the IP address and charge him with child pornography... why did the cops not handle this???
02:08 AM on 10/15/2012
Because it was not just one person the facts are missing.
12:12 PM on 10/15/2012
How do you know that?? (I am not doubting you just want to know how you know).
04:40 PM on 10/14/2012
I am absolutely devastated after watching this poor girls cry for help. Once again the anonymity of the internet allows the bullies to win and more importantly cost this poor girl her life. The anonymous male that posted her pics must be tracked down and prosecuted. The teens that bullied her and "wished she would die" should also rounded up. And the social media that allows these sorts of postings should also prosecuted for aiding and abetting in the death of this girl. Too bad these social media sites aren't willing to part with a little of the huge sums of money they collect on the backs of these teens to police and cleanup up the social cesspools they have created.
02:57 PM on 10/24/2012
Agree with you. Anonymous online posting, twitter and facebook accoounts bring out the worst of humanity. Sick of it.
04:15 PM on 10/14/2012
I am very, very sad for her, her family, and for the rest of the kids who feel this helpless, but I will say this: (fully expecting some negative feedback)

I feel like there are so many things that could have been prevented in this, where were her parents? Why did they wait so long to put her on meds and in counceling? Why was she allowed to move around 4 times? Why was this predator still online and free after sending around a picture of a 7th grader? Why was she allowed out of the house to a boy's house, or anyones for that matter, after what she did? (I know people do stupid things but you have to deal with the consequences of them, not run, that is life) Why did she still have access to FB, and why, if they allowed her to, did they not have the protective blocks on there? Why was she not monitored?

You can protect your children, even if they think you are unfair or harsh or strict. As horribly saddened I am for her and how she felt, I feel like she was ALLOWED to dig herself more and more holes. When she had no other place to run, she killed herself. I feel like in these situations, she may have wanted the freedom, but really needed the rules and consequence more.
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04:28 PM on 10/14/2012
It is not so much what Amanda was allowed--it is what the other kids were allowed. Their parents had no idea. ONline goading and bullying, physical beatings. Those parents raised some fine young sociopaths.
Amanda's mistake was to be gentle and trusting. She made a mistake. The rest behaved like predators--they savaged her. She was defenseless. Apparently she had learned how to treat others. They had not. That is where the fault lies.
04:34 PM on 10/14/2012
But why didn't they know? You can't see that your child is hurting, suffering? If not even that, did you miss the part where she was doing drugs and drinking and cutting herself? Why wasn't the computer turned off and she be made to deal with it. It sucks, but she made a bad choice, but at 13 and 14, if you can't prevent these things, you are not watching close enough. Those other kids were wrong but this got out of hand before she got beat up.
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03:37 PM on 10/14/2012
The "male" who threatened her and then sent the photos is probably guilty of a slew of federal laws governing threats to a minor using electronic media. I hope the RCMP identifies this deviant and brings him to trial and followed by a long prison sentence. Not revealing his identity after what he did would be adding insult to injury. He totally lost his right to privacy when he invaded that of this poor child and essentially killed her..
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04:30 PM on 10/14/2012
It is hard to track down an individual like this--especially if they use a public computer after someone else forgot to log off. (NB, always log off) It can be done--it takes intensive work, reviewing surveillance cameras ( if it was in a public place like a campus or library).
IN this case, it is worth it-- as you say, federal offenses are involved.
09:48 PM on 10/14/2012
while you are correct, it does not even indicate that they tried. This person could have been using his usual computer at his house...THAT is easy to track. I am hoping that it was not that simple and the authorities did try a variety of methods to handle this...but the article does not indicate anything
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03:36 PM on 10/14/2012
We need to provide kids more outlets than the internet to express themselves. Provide avenues for them to actually engage with each other face to face rather than through facebook, chats, etc that encourages and increases isolation. Bullies are empowered through their anonimity and lack of consequences for their actions and victims are further isolated by the lack of consequences and support for their torment. I blame parents for checking out, I blame teachers for putting their salary above their role to aid youth, and I blame government for their lack of support for funding adequate after school programs and remedies for the lack of social institutions in our communities. Churches used to play this role, but religion as communities knew it is dead. We need people to step up and take responsibility for our youth. Without action, we are creating a generation of monsters and victims, and I wonder where we can go when this generation cares more about the online community than the community they interact with IRL. There are so many issues that cases like this illustrate, and we should examine them all rather than simply focusing on this individuals tragedy.
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01:56 PM on 10/14/2012
I simply cannot wrap my head around this, such a young person in so much pain, its just so sad.
01:45 PM on 10/14/2012
That is a sad story, but had she taken ownership of the photo, they wouldn't have had power over her. She would have had power over herself.
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04:31 PM on 10/14/2012
And how could a child like her have done that?
12:36 PM on 10/14/2012
It breaks my heart when I hear of stories on bullying that drive someone to commit suicide. Most recently, after watching the X factor, I wrote a book on how to overcome bullies. This book is written for kids and teens. It will help those who are experiencing bullying.
Parents, it is important to pay attention to your children. Watch their moods and responses to certain words. Our children need our support and help to make it through their daily challenges. Please look out for this book "Be Hopful~Stay Strong" by Venice P. Daley. Proceeds from the book will go towards bullying foundation.
12:09 PM on 10/14/2012
What a sad lose of a beautiful young lady. This bullying seems to permeate our society and youngsters are so desperate to fit in that they forget about how much each one of them is worth and they don't have to denigrate themselves to please some other person. A sad lesson to all the young people out there. RESPECT YOURSELVES AND OTHERS. YOU ARE PRECIOUS.
YOU ARE SPECIAL.YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR BODIES, LET NO ONE DEFILE IT.. LET NO ONE TOUCH IT UNTIL SUCH TIME (HOPEFULLY WHEN YOU ARE A MATURE PEROSN) AS YOU ARE READY.. ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS.. HAVING AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX SHOULD BE SOMETHING YOU BOTH WANT.BUT . iT HAS TO BE GOOD FOR YOU.. yOU ARE THE IMPORTANT ONE.. WHETHER IT'S A LONGTERM RELATIONSHIP OR A ONE NIGHT IT HAS TO BE GOOD FOR YOU.. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SAY "IT WAS GOOD FOR ME" THE OTHER PERSONS NEEDS OR DESIRES HAVE NO BEARING ON YOUR ACTIONS.. IT HAS TO BE RIGHT AND GOOD FOR YOU.. SUICIDE US THE PERMANENT SOLUTION TO A TEMPORARY PROBLEM... WE NEED YOU ALL AND LOVE YOU ALL... PLEASE LOVE YOURSELVES....SIGNED A GRANDMOTHER OF 5 #RIP AMANDA.. PEACE TO HER FAMILY...
12:03 PM on 10/14/2012
We can all give thanks to Mark Zuckerberg for his amazing worldwide cyber-bullying machine. Can anyone tell me if he's donated any of his BILLIONS to an anti-bullying program? Inquiring minds want to know.
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02:09 PM on 10/14/2012
"We can all give thanks to Mark Zuckerberg for his amazing worldwide cyber-bullying machine. Can anyone tell me if he's donated any of his BILLIONS to an anti-bullying program? Inquiring minds want to know."

Your post is off target. I think quite a few of us have done things with someone, that we do not want to share with anyone. If you are going to put anything on the internet that brings shame to you, perhaps you should not do it. Or if you want to show off your body, at least remove all things that can identify you.
02:56 PM on 10/14/2012
Why is it off target? He has made it so much easier to bully,stalk,and harrass. The younger you are the more naive & vulnerable and FB bears a lot of responiblity to that end. Adults are one thing but teens? Also it doesn't have to be put on the internet or with the other persons knowledge with cell cams that instantly download. If lawyers can sue gun makers for guns used then by the same logic FB can be sued too then.
11:59 AM on 10/14/2012
The 'male' and his parents should face some prison time or at the least have to pay for and undergo countless thousands of hours of mandated therapy!
11:53 AM on 10/14/2012
I'm confused. Her parents moved her around whenever she asked? According to the article she moved about four times. Who moves their kid around that much?
01:42 PM on 10/14/2012
You're really worried about her parents moving her around so much? Why not worry about the parents of the kids who bullied her? Atleast Amanda's parents were trying to help by providing her a fresh start every time. They made the effort. I'm sure the parents of those girls that beat her up didn't do a thing at the time.
02:31 PM on 10/14/2012
They only taught her to run away from her problems instead of confronting them. Something's off here. I don't condone bullying at all. I think it's tragic that she committed suicide. However, I feel that she was a product of some very poor parenting. There were other factors that contributed to this girl's suicide. It was not purely the product of bullying. Her parents were not doing their jobs.
07:14 PM on 10/14/2012
They taught her to avoid everything. So decided on the ultimate avoidance, death. It's tragic, but her parents were part of the problem.
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02:11 PM on 10/14/2012
"I'm confused. Her parents moved her around whenever she asked? According to the article she moved about four times. Who moves their kid around that much?"

People who can afford it??
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04:35 PM on 10/14/2012
People who love their daughter. People who taught their daughter how to treat others--remember this girl was never unkind to anyone, she made one mistake.
What kind of people raised those young sociopaths who thought it was OK to shame her, to goad and bully her, to BEAT her and leave her bloodies?
05:55 PM on 10/14/2012
It's not about affording it or not. It only teaches children to run away from their problems.
10:55 AM on 10/14/2012
I am saddened by the fact that we have not taught our children better. It makes me sick to my stomach as a teacher knowing there are kids in our school just like this but nothing is done. Our teens are our future. Our future doesn't look to bright. A young girl who made a horrible mistake is bunched by her peers. Where is the guy that sent it out? We have to find a way to get laws passed about things like this. Strict laws. All bystanders are guilty for letting this go on. What a shame that a young girl had to go through this by herself. May those who tormented her be punished and know what it is like to go through Amanda's hell.
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04:37 PM on 10/14/2012
It is not so much the one guy--he is very hard to track down as it takes a LOT of resources (but now it apparently will be done).
It is the kids who bullied and attakced her--who raised them? WHo supervised them the first time they hit another kid? Therin lies the answer.
10:35 AM on 10/14/2012
Sadly, Amanda's story and her cry for help through a YouTube video is not an isolated case. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzjFf8ywk3c&feature=fvwrel
Let's wake up! We need to call upon our young female roles models like our those on our national sports teams to champion an Amanda's Friends team in every school, to show them the benefits of teams, sports, a network of support they can reach out to and teach them how to avoid, cope and address these issues.
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04:39 PM on 10/14/2012
Let's first wake up and tell parents that they HAVE to be involved with their kids at an early age--the first time they hit another kid. Amanda was taught compassion--the kids who bullied and beat her were not. Therein lies the fault.