Real Life Story: Amanda Todd 1996 – 2012

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When she was in the 7th grade, Amanda met a man in an online chat room who talked her into flashing him her breasts. A year later, the man contacted her on Facebook and asked her to ‘put on a show’ for him. He threatened to release a picture of her to everyone she knew if she did not comply with his wishes. He knew her address, her name, where she went to school, and who her friends and family members were. Amanda’s pictures were released and went viral. Other kids at her school saw the pictures and started to bully and tease her. She became severely depressed, developed anxiety and began to use drugs and alcohol.

A year later, after she changed schools and found a new group of friends, the man came back and created a Facebook page, using her topless photo as his profile picture. Her new friends started ignoring her, talking about her, and bullying her. She reveals her feelings in her video on YouTube, describing how she cried every night and lost all her friends. Amanda began cutting herself.

Again, Amanda changed schools, where a boy flirted with her. As a result, girls from the first school came to her new school and beat her up, while people watched and filmed it. She reveals, “I was left all alone and left on the ground.” She managed to find her way to the road, where she lay down in a ditch. Her father found her there.

When Amanda returned home, she tried to commit suicide by drinking bleach. Once again, she moved to a new city, but the bullying continued. Therapy, combined with anti-depressants, did little to help her depression and anxiety, and she continued to cut herself and attempted suicide again.

In September 2012 Amanda wrote her story on flashcards and recorded it on YouTube.

Amanda’s body was found at her home in British Columbia, Canada on the 10th of October, 2012.

“My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm”: Amanda’s You Tube Video
Cyberbullying, suicide
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