If you are in BC you heard the news. If you watch television you saw the reports. It never ceases to hurt my heart when I hear such a horrible tragedy has taken place and so close to home. I’m talking about a young girl named Amanda Todd.
Who is Amanda Todd?
Amanda was a young woman who had her whole life ahead of her and committed suicide in order to escape the horrific bullying she endured during several years after she admitted to showing certain body parts online.
- Amanda was 15 years old.
- She lived in Coquitlam, British Columbia not far from where my family and I live.
- She was young and beautiful and heart-broken.
We all make mistakes in life when we are young. We try our hardest to prepare our kids to deal with the harsh realities life brings, such as gangs, drugs, alcohol and dealing with peer pressure. We even talk to our kids about being bullied and bullying both in and out of school. But never in a million years did I think as a parent it would come to such torture in dealing with (cyber) online bullying to this magnitude.
Amanda was only in 7th grade when she entered the online world. She made the mistake of flashing (her boobs) online and some guy took a picture of it. A few years later the tormenting began. That picture went viral. And as a mom who blogs and shares information not only about my family but my kids as well. I cannot even imagine the level this piece of $hite person had to sink to do such horrible things to this girl, stalking her, following her, putting up a facebook page about her and basically focusing his attention on that one thing she did to make her life a living hell.
And for Amanda life was hell.
She felt alone.
She felt trapped.
She felt as if she didn’t matter.