Bullied Teen Memorial

November 20, 2012 by  

Bullied Teen Memorial, As more than 600 people gathered at the Red Robinson Show theatre in Coquitlam Sunday to mark a final farewell to Amanda Todd, Christmas lights twinkled on every house on the block of the Vancouver suburb where she had lived.

It was a poignant commemoration of the life of a teen who would have turned 16 on Nov. 27. Notes on the computer she left behind showed she was planning her birthday before she died and this year, like every other year – she wanted to have her Port Coquitlam home lit with Christmas lights in time for the party.

Sunday, the entire cul-de-sac was glowing with Christmas lights.

But instead of a birthday party, Amanda’s family, friends, neighbours, teachers, coaches and others whose lives she touched gathered in a memorial service to honour the teen, who documented on YouTube the horrific bullying and online abuse that she endured for years before taking own life on Oct. 10.

“Amanda, you will be happy to know this year, most of the neighbourhood friends – I think all of them now – have already put up their lights in honour of you,” her mother Carol Todd said in a letter she wrote to her daughter and read at the service.

Carol told the gathering that while her daughter is gone, Amanda has left behind “a larger than life message that has sparked the world and has made it opens its eyes, its ears and its hearts.”

Carol said after her daughter’s death she read on Amanda’s computer of her wish to comfort other children who are the victims of bullies.

Wrote Amanda: “I hope that some day I can write a song about bullying so when kids are alone staring out their windows crying, they can listen to my song and know that it’s not your fault and things will get better.”

To her mother Carol, Amanda was ‘Princess Snowflake,’ a pet name Amanda loved – and one she insisted her mother use after Carol called her that once, referring to Amanda’s love for snow.

“Three weeks ago, I looked up the definitions to the word snowflake,” Carol said. “Most were pretty standard meanings, … then in the Urban Dictionary online I found this: ‘Snowflake – “A very unique girl that no one else can duplicate because she is one of a kind.’

“That was you my Princess Snowflake – you were indeed a unique individual who I don’t think can ever be duplicated. You have been an amazing daughter, a sister and a friend.”

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