Fifteen-year-old Amanda Todd killed herself last week after two years of relentless online bullying, started by one person hell-bent on destroying a young girl’s life.
Yesterday, my 13-year-old daughter (and many of her friends) wore pink to school in a show of solidarity for Amanda, whose only crime was the mistake (in grade 7) of flashing her breasts to a webcam. A year later, the bully appeared with threats to share that photo of Amanda with all of her Facebook friends and family. It only got worse from there.
Below is Amanda’s own YouTube video, created only five weeks before she was found dead at 6 p.m. in her parents’ home in Port Coquitlam, B.C. She tells her story better than I can. Get ready to cry. But more so, perhaps get ready to make a difference in the world.
Because, beyond the call for justice, Amanda’s last message is a clarion call for kindness.
Here is a link to a wildfire petition, asking Canadian police to “Arrest Cyber Bullies Responsible for Amanda Todd’s Death.”