RIP Amanda Todd may be trending but it's sad that all this love wasn't shown to the teenager before she decided to end her life.
Amanda, a 15-year-old from Canada, hung herself after being relentlessly abused by bullies both online and in school. Despite changing schools, the bullying continued until Amanda could take no more. The only thing left of her young life is a YouTube video detailing the troubles she dealt with on a daily basis.
Since news of her death took the world by storm, Canadian Mounties have announced they will be investigating and talking to anyone who knew the teen.
"We will be looking into any past events that had occurred in this young girl's life, any individuals she may have been in contact with through social media, face-to-face," he said. "Anything and everything around her life, really, and what components of that may have played a role in her making this decision," said Sergeant Peter Thiessen.
While Amanda's death may hang heavy over the head's of some, it also goes to show just how much bullying has become inescapable in the digital age.
Even after Amanda's death there are numerous images emerging that say horrible things about her and even some images of her nude (which is what started the whole problem).
Years ago, if kids were bullied in school they could switch schools and the problem would get better. Now, even switching schools doesn't matter since much of the bullying takes place online and kids can be found easily via Facebook or Twitter.
It makes you wonder if Amanda Todd would be alive if she had stayed away from social networking after switching schools. Wouldn't that have made things easier if much of her bullying came from these sources?
Sadly, no one will ever know what could have helped her, but hopefully her suicide is a wake up call for those who think bullying is all fun and games.
What's really striking about this case is that Amanda was being bullied for flashing a random guy on a web came years ago while thousands of young girls (18-19) try out to be Playboy models and take their clothes off for photo shoots. Why is Amanda being bullied for doing something that has become so acceptable in modern culture? Playboy models, the girls in Britain's Page 3 spreads...all of them take their tops off and yet they don't get bullied like Amanda did. Maybe it's because she did it online or because she wasn't being paid to do it. Either way, there is definitely a difference with how she was treated compared to girls a few years older than her who willingly do the same thing for fame.
Do you think the bullying of Amanda Todd will ever stop? If the images popping up online are anything to go by, it doesn't look like the bullies plan on stopping. They don't even seem to care that Amanda killed herself. They are just getting some sort of satisfaction from making someone else feel like they're worthless enough to die.
It's a sad, sad world when teens and young adults don't know when enough is enough.
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