Bullying has always been with us. Cyberbullying---using technology to harass or humiliate another person---has made bullying easier. Unlike playground bullies, cyberbullies do not necessarily have physical contact with their victims. Cyberbullying is a serious and growing problem.
Amanda Todd was a 15 year old girl who was targeted by an online pedophile ... the man who targeted Todd, made her flash him and then turned her life into a living nightmare is a 30-year-old from New Westminster, British Columbia.
Todd says that during the next Christmas break, police informed her that the photo was circulating the internet. The news caused Todd to experience anxiety, major depression and panic disorder. Her family moved to a new home, but she began taking drugs and alcohol. Her anxiety worsened to a point where it was so bad that she couldn't leave the house.
A year later the individual reappeared, creating a Facebook profile which used the topless photograph as the profile image, and contacting classmates at her new school. Again Todd was teased, eventually changing school for a second time. She says she began chatting to "an old guy friend" who appeared to her. The friend asked Todd to come to his house where they had sex while his girlfriend was on holiday.The following week the girlfriend and a group of others attacked Todd at school; shouting insults and punching her to the ground. Following the attack, Todd attempted suicide by drinking bleach, but was rushed to hospital to have her stomach pumped.
After returning home Todd discovered abusive messages about her failed suicide attempt posted to Facebook. Her family moved to another city to start afresh, but Todd was unable to escape the past. Six months later further messages and abuse were still being posted to social networking sites. Her mental state worsening, she began to engage in self mutilation. Despite taking anti-depressants and receiving counselling, she took an overdose and spent two days in hospital.
Todd was teased by other students at her school for her low grades (a consequence of her (unspecified) language based learning disability), and for spending time in hospital to treat her severe depression.
On October 10, 2012 at about 6:00 PM (PDT), Todd was found dead at her home.
BULLIED to death! There are many cases of this all over the internet and I would like to petition for strict anticyberbullying laws that result in the death of the victim.
Amanda was just a young girl who's whole future was wiped out the day that man contacted her. He was an adult and she was a child. And because of his actions and the actions of all who participated in the stalking and harassment Amanda Todd is dead.Even in death she she is stalked and harassed and her autopsy photos(a very nude Amanda Todd) was posted online. On October 13, 2012, the term R.I.P Amanda Todd began trending worldwide on social networking site Twitter Since the suicide, more than one million Facebook users have "liked" Todd’s Facebook memorial page . Mingled among the positive support and comments are continuing attack posts and images from strangers and those claiming to be her former classmates, such as a message stating " "I’m so happy she’s dead now."
I would like to get strict laws passed and make this man pay for destroying a life! And tough penalties for anyone who engages and recruits others for cyberbullying and stalking that leads to the death of the victim.
In response to the death of Todd, a motion will be introduced in the Canadian House of Commons by member of parliament Dany Morin of the New Democratic Party. The motion will propose a study of the scope of bullying in Canada, and for more funding and support for anti-bullying organizations. It is also intended to lay the groundwork for a national strategy to prevent bullying.
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