The Internet is abuzz with condolences after a Vancouver-area teenager who shared a video on YouTube detailing her bullying ordeal has apparently committed suicide.
Amanda Todd, 15, was discovered dead in a Port Coquitlam home around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. According to the Edmonton Journal, Coroner Barb McLintock suggests that the teen killed herself one day prior.
Todd’s death came just over a month after she uploaded a nearly nine-minute video to YouTube telling the story of the extreme bullying and harassment she faced for many years. She does not speak in the black-and-white video, accented by somber yet encouraging music, but rather displays flash cards that detail her story.
According to the video posted on Sept. 7, Todd was in 7th grade when she was urged by an unidentified person to show her breasts on a webcam chat room. The photo then circulated on the internet to her relatives, friends and class mates.
After experiencing anxiety, major depression, panic disorder, Todd transferred schools, and later suffered from drug and alcohol abuse. The photos followed her to her knew school; as the person who originally leaked the photo of her breasts created a Facebook profile and set the photo as its profile picture.
“I can never get that photo back,” she wrote on a flashcard. “It’s out there forever.”
Todd faced a second round of bullying and was forced to move and transfer schools again. She writes that things got better for a time, until she was lead on by a boy who was already in a relationship with another girl. The couple gathered a group of their friends to attack Todd at her school. Onlookers filmed the attack.
Todd then went home and drank bleach, hoping to die. Afterwards, her tormentors took to Facebook, posting photos of bleach and ditches on her wall and commenting that she deserved to be beat up. The cyber bullying continued even after Todd moved for a third time.
“Every day I think why am I still here?” she wrote.
The video concludes with Todd discussing her exacerbated depression and anxiety, self-harm, and a second suicide attempt through overdose.
In the video’s description, Todd adds that she was not seeking attention but rather wanted to be an inspiration for others facing bullying.
Todd’s mother Carol spoke with the Vancouver Sun and said that she hopes the video will do just that.
“I think the video should be shared and used as an anti-bullying tool. That is what my daughter would have wanted,” she said.
An Amanda Michelle Todd memorial Facebook page popped up on Wednesday with over 11,000 people “liking” the page and leaving hundreds of comments of condolences.