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Amanda Todd was a typical 15-year old Canadian teenager who unfortunately made a couple of bad decisions that she would never be able to get past because of stalking and bullying.
When Amanda was in the seventh grade she went online to a chat site with her webcam to meet and talk to new people. A man she met online encouraged her to flash her breasts, which she did.
One year later the man somehow tracked her down on Facebook. He knew her address, family names and friend's names. He threatened to send the pic of her breasts to everyone she knew if she didn't put on a show for him.
The man eventually did send the pic to everyone she knew, which started Amanda's downward spiral. She got bullied at school and lost all of her friends. She transferred schools, but a year later the man tracked her down again. He made a Facebook page with her breasts as his profile pic. All of her new friends found out and she found herself alone and bullied again.
She transferred schools several more times and things seemed to get better, but then she made another mistake by getting involved with a guy who had a girlfriend. The girlfriend tracked her down at school and confronted her in front of everyone. Amanda was beaten up and left in a ditch.
Amanda started cutting and eventually tried to commit suicide.
“Every day I think why am I still here?" she wrote.
Last month on September 7th, Amanda made a video titled "My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm," using a series on note cards to describe what she had been going through. She uploaded the video to youtube.
I'm struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I'm not doing this for attention. I'm doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I'd rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don't hate, although im sure I'll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyones future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I'm still here aren't I ?
On Wednesday she committed suicide at her home in Port Coquitlam.
“It is a very sad case,” Paul McNaughton, principal of Coquitlam Basic Alternative Education school, where Amanda was in the 10th grade, told the Vancouver Sun. “She was quite connected here. The staff and the students here are very much impacted. She had some very strong ties in the school and to staff in the school. I can tell you we feel we tried everything we could to help her when she came to us.”
Amanda's mother, Carol Todd, said she hoped her daughter's video would help others who are being bullied.
“I think the video should be shared and used as an anti-bullying tool. That is what my daughter would have wanted,”
Since Amanda's death there have been numerous video posted on youtube urging people to stop bullying.
Watch Amanda's video below.