Bullied Canadian teen leaves behind chilling YouTube video
Amanda Todd posted a video to YouTube that showed her holding pieces of paper that told her story.
October 12th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Bullied Canadian teen leaves behind chilling YouTube video

(CNN) - Her YouTube video started out innocently enough. The Canadian teen, her face obscured from the camera, held a stack of cards each filled with messages in black marker.

"I've decided to tell you about my never ending story," the card in Amanda Todd's hands read.

At this point the viewer may have no idea that they are about to be led on the most agonizing journey, one that pushed the premier of British Columbia to issue a stern warning against bullying, a journey that has birthed a Facebook page with thousands of people commenting many offering condolences.

In the soundless, black and white video, the teen showed one card after another. Each card painfully sinking the viewer deeper into the anguish too many teens have experienced.

"In 7th grade I would go with friends on webcam," the card in the teen's hand read.

The next few cards reveal that the teen began to get attention on the Internet from people that she did not know. People who told her she was beautiful, stunning, perfect.

"They wanted me to flash. So I did one year later," the cards said.

The teen then got a message on Facebook from a stranger who said she needed to show more of herself or he would publish the topless pictures he had taken of her.

"He knew my address, school, relatives, friends, family, names ..."

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  1. Tesla

    I'm sorry, I know this is gonna get reported as abuse by someone who sees this girl as doing no wrong, but please. CNN does not give the full story on this situation.

    1. The girl was vain. She did not flash random strangers once as a mistake from being led on, it occured multiple times with multiple different people. Her blackmailer could be any number of people.

    2. Every young person should realize that the "Print Screen" button exists, and you cannot truly delete anything from the internet.

    3. The flashing incident was separate from the reasons she was bullied in the two schools she moved out of.

    4. When things finally started turning around, she slept with a guy who she knew had a girlfriend. She can say she thought he loved her, maybe she really did think that. But even so, one should realize that is the kind of behavior that earns you a beating in many people's eyes. The girl that Amanda Todd wronged through her stupid actions smacked her around a little. What? Actions I've taken have repercussions and consequences? Oh no...

    I'm not celebrating the death of this person, and it is tragic in a way. Maybe better parenting would have helped, but I haven't heard enough about the parents to tell. However, this girl was not the angel people are saying she was. No one made her flash multiple strangers. No one made her sleep with a guy already in a relationship. For every action there is a reaction, and one must always be aware of consequences and repercussions. At the age she was, she should have known that.

    TL;DR: This is tragic, stupid, and senseless, and she should have known better and made better decisions.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • lynn

      1)She was not an "angel", but she was human and very young.
      2)Someone who shows their body online as a child of 13 needs help already, and is probably crying out for it.
      3) If sleeping with someone's boyfriend "earned" her a beating, why didn't anyone beat the boyfriend who cheated?
      4) Tragic "in a way"? Her parents lost their daughter at 15.
      5) God is the judge. Not you. See http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8&version=NIV He never excuses what was done, but offers Mercy.

      October 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Tony

      I was reading the comments and I have to say, I am so sad this situation didn't touch the heart of many people. I am a father and the video of this little "angel" make me cry. Yes, I thought I was tough, but imagining this girl as my daughter make me think about injustice and the world where we are living.
      For God sake, stop judging this litle girl, she was a victim of people without heart. Sorry to say this Tesla and Lynn, both of you are talking as you were God. This world need more Love and no more judge god.

      October 16, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Mike

      1. SHE WAS A CHILD!!! When one is a teenager, decisions are based on the now, not the potential of what could happen in the future. She was naive and made a decision because it felt right at the time....when is the last time a teenager made a decision and thought "hmmm, this might come back to haunt me...."

      2. How could she have assumed that the individual on the other end of the online chat is a creep? refer to point 1...she was a child who was naive....

      3. She moved away...got away from her bullies, yet they followed her....She did everything she could have to stop these bullies, but they continued to stalk her online. She moved on, tried to recover and they still went after her...nothing she could do about it.

      4. So she slept with a guy who had a girlfriend...The guy should be the one who was beat up for cheating on his girlfriend, not the other way around. He's not innocent, but nobody seems to think it's his fault, but they focus on Amanda "screwing up". She took responsibility to make the problem go away by saying it was her fault when it wasn't. What did she get in return? Punched and kicked repeatedly...what did he get? F*** ALL...

      I get that you're not celebrating death, but you're also implying that she is the cause of all her own problems...did she make mistakes? YES...Did she try to move on? YES...did it work? unfortunately not....

      I hope this topic opens up some young eyes and that bullying is everywhere and no matter what form it takes, it leads to tragedy...

      RIP Amanda....

      October 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • gia1

      ur are worthless for saying this she was young. death is what the consequence wa she was in pain. and when in pain and rejected u make naive choices. u cant bring her her life back can u bully

      October 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  2. Joe Mahma

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    Where are the parents??? THEY have a responsibility to keep their kids safe. Where is the education? Where is the oversight? There are SLEWS of videos online of young girls exposing themselves, obviously in their own bedrooms – from webcam feeds. The parents of these kids are failing big time. This is NOT about bullies and bullying as much as it's about just not allowing your kids to do things that put them in danger.
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    October 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Poltergeist

      You didn't read the article. They tried everything from relocation to counseling. But you be suprised how quickly information on you can be passed to others if they really want to. Even if she never used Facebook again, her face and her name was already out there and the bullying was pervasive both online and in the schools she attended.

      There should be criminal charges for levels of abuse those teens displayed.

      October 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  3. D

    It's disgusting that people, even today, are leaving harassing/sick comments on that video. She made a mistake, people led her on, and this is what it resulted to. I hope that karma gets these bullies and jerks hard, and i think those people who told her to kill herself, who harassed her, and who bullied her (ESPECIALLY the pedo), should be held responsible.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:33 am |
  4. Suzy

    This is a sad story. No one deserves to be bullied, but everyone deserves a friend and a good one at that!

    October 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm |