This beautiful young Canadian girl, Amanda Todd, recently killed herself after horrible school and cyberbullying. Before she died, she had already tried to drink bleach and overdose on pills.
Back in junior high I had a year where I thought no one liked me and I was publicly taunted, I thought about killing myself a lot at age 13.
It got better for me and life moved on, but the emotional scars remained. For that reason, every time I hear about a young person killing themselves over school bullying, my heart breaks. I know that could have been me, that it is me.
Back when I was in high school, we didn’t have Facebook or Twitter, my God, I can’t imagine how humiliating and violating that kind of Internet bullying must feel in those delicate, emotional, formative teen years.
Amanda had fled several schools to escape the bullying, but the bullies followed her online, tagging her in Facebook photos of bleach, writing that they hoped she sees the posts and kills herself, calling her stupid for not killing herself the first time.
I keep asking myself what can I do to help? Since it’s National Anti-Bullying Month, the least I can do is to post the video cry for help Amanda made herself about her story.
We can teach our kids about how wrong and evil bullying really is, and we can try to reach out to help the next precious Amanda not fall through the cracks. I’m keeping my eyes open for him or her.
I’ll let Amanda tell you her own story, in her own words.
P.S. You guys, right after posting this, I opened my personal Facebook page and there was a post from a woman I don’t know, taunting “Heidi, I can’t believe what you did in this video, ha ha ha, it’s all over Facebook!” etc…obviously a spam link, but the connection is not lost on me.