Bullied To Death

October 13, 2012 by  

Bullied To Death, A video glimpse into the life of a now-dead teenage girl who said she was being relentlessly bullied has prompted a police investigation, expressions of concern and a renewed call to end such cruelty. RCMP said Friday that serious-crime teams are working together, conducting interviews and reviewing contributing factors in the death of 15-year-old Amanda Todd.

An official with the B.C. Coroners Office confirmed preliminary indications suggest Todd took her own life earlier this week, just a month after posting a haunting video on YouTube describing both cyber and physical bullying.

During her nine-minute video, Todd explained via handwritten notes that while in Grade 7, she was lured by an unidentified male to expose her breasts via webcam. One year later, she said she received a message from a man on Facebook threatening that if she didn’t give him a show, he would send the webcam picture to her friends and family.

She said police later told her the man followed through with his threat, and she plunged into anxiety, major depression and drugs and alcohol.

“My b**bs were his profile picture,” she said of the cyber-bully’s Facebook page.

She said she tried to kill herself twice.

The video ends with her note: “I have nobody. I need someone.”

RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said there was significant concern within schools, the community and the public over the role bullying could have played in the incident, but it’s too soon for police to comment on the issue.

“B.C. RCMP has publicly stated in the past that bullying ranks second, behind substance abuse, for youth issues identified as concerns by our detachments,” Thiessen said in a news release.

Merlyn Horton, executive director of the Safe Online Outreach Society and a former youth-outreach worker, said the education system needs to teach children as young as six about the powers and pitfalls of the Internet.

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