EEW MAGAZINE NEWS EDITORS
It’s the heartbreaking story of the 15-year-old girl taunted by a hacker, bullied by peers, and ultimately isolated, until she felt she could no longer live on earth that has everyone talking. Amanda Todd, a tormented teen from Coquitlam, British Columbia, who felt no one liked her, took her own life last week. Former Destiny’s Child member, Michelle Williams, responded on Twitter.
Williams, who is currently in the studio working on a gospel album, re-tweeted a comment that said “So upset by this Amanda Todd situation. Not right!! She was so young and precious.”
She then wrote, “I am a Spokesperson for @NationalVoices. We will help you if you are being bullied! YOUR LIFE IS VALUABLE! Please contact us!”
National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment (NVEE) is on a mission to “prevent bullying, violence, and suicide among youth, families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education” according to its website at nvee.org.
Amanda Todd’s story is a sad one.
In a video that seems eerie now in the wake of her death, she describes using webcam chats to meet and talk to new people online back when she was a seventh grade student. While in chat rooms, people told her she was "stunning, beautiful, perfect" and an unknown man pressured her to flash her chest.
One year later, the naïve teen did it.
That’s when the blackmailing began.
The cyber stalker threatened to send the pictures of her breasts to friends and family if she didn’t “put on a show” for him. Over Christmas break, Todd said police came to her house at 4 a.m. to tell her that the photo had indeed been sent to everyone.
"I then got really sick and got anxiety, major depression and panic disorders," she wrote. "I then moved and got into drugs and alcohol."
From there, Todd’s story chronicles a series of moves, mean bullies in school, and bad choices that led her to what she felt was the point of no return in her life.
Todd was in the tenth grade at the Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education School when she died.
Cheryl Quinton, spokeswoman for the Coquitlam School District, told ABCNews.com, "The family was wanting to pass along that several supports were in place for their daughter on the school, home and community levels. There was a lot of intervention and a lot of support. I know that is the message that they want to convey."
Quinton continued, "We typically, as a school district, don't talk about such deaths but with the family's endorsement we did choose to do so because it is important to point out the dangers associated with social media and cyber-bullying."
Watch Amanda Todd’s chilling video below posted just one month before she killed herself.
This video is approaching 4 million views on YouTube.