Amanda Todd, the fifteen-year-old Canadian girl who faced a lot of bullying at school and uploaded a video on YouTube describing years of bullying that led her into taking drugs and alcohol, was found dead on Wednesday (Oct. 10).
On Thursday night, Coroner Barb McLintock said that initial clues suggest thegirl killed herself. Her school district’s spokesperson confirmed that the girl who talks about all the bullying in the video is Amanda.
Amanda found some courage to talk to the world about what she had been through in a 9-minute video that was posted on YouTube on Sept. 7. Amanda studied in the 10th grade and was a cheerleader. In the video, she is seen holding a series of handwritten notes in front of the camera. These heart-wrenching notes say a lot about the misery Amanda had to go through.
She said she was tempted by a stranger to expose her breasts on a webcam and the picture ended up on a Facebook page made by the stranger. The worst thing about the Facebook page was that most of her friends were later added to the page.
After this incident, Amanda slipped into anxiety and depression. She started taking drugs and alcohol, which deteriorated her condition even more. She changed her school, but the bullying didn’t stop there either. The situation got worse and she was physically assaulted in the new school.
When she got home, she drank bleach. "It killed me inside and I thought I actually was going to die," a note Amanda holds in the video reads, according to a report by CNN. Her struggle with life continued as she was rushed to the hospital to flush out the bleach. According to Newsday, Amanda suffered more distress, cutting and overdosing. Her struggles with anxiety and cutting herself got worse and despite counseling and antidepressants, she was rushed to hospital again after an overdose.
The last card simply says, "I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd."
Amanda Todd posted a comment under a video, saying that her video wasn’t a publicity stunt, but an attempt to show she was strong. She posted, "Everyone's future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I'm still here, aren't I?"
Amanda Todd took her life because of bullying. She did raise her voice against all the perpetrators and for all those who still suffer from it. Amanda’s death has become a trending topic on Twitter with (hash)RIPAmanda and Amanda Michelle Todd memorial Facebook has also gotten more than 30,000 "Likes".