It is a story that made countless headline in 2012 and has been trending again, so the First To Know team feel that it is important to revisit the tragic story of Amanda Todd.
According to ABC News, the 15-year-old posted a video to YouTube on September 7, 2012 called “My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm” – a month later she committed suicide.
The nearly nine minute black-and-white video shows Amanda holding up a series of note cards, sharing her heartbreaking story of being bullied and harassed. She begins with describing how when she was in 7th grade she and her friends would video chat with random people. After a year of strangers telling her she was beautiful Amanda felt pressured into showing a random man her bare chest.
It wasn’t until later that the same man resurfaced, tracking Amanda down through Facebook and threatening to show the photo of her without a top on to everyone she knew.
Throughout the rest of the video Amanda goes on to explain how she then struggled with drugs, alcohol, cutting, bullies at school, and even suicide. The footage ends with “I’m stuck. What’s left of me now? Nothing stops. I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.”
According to BBC, in April 2014 a man 35-year-old man was charged with extortion, internet luring, criminal harassment and child pornography all in relation to Amanda’s case.