Bullied Teen Commits Suicide, Leaves Behind Heartbreaking Video
A Canadian teen who posted a video to YouTube detailing her heart-wrenching story of being mercilessly bullied took her own life Wednesday night. Amanda Todd’s body was discovered in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, where she lived. She would have turned 16 next month.
Police are investigating the teen’s death.
Todd uploaded the nearly nine-minute video to YouTube last month. Using cue cards, she documented the torment and cruelty that followed her online and in school, despite moving and switching schools several times, and the anxiety and depression that resulted.
Here’s the video:
The 15-year-old said it all started when she was in seventh grade and doing webcam chats with friends to meet new people. One man she met through Web chats offered numerous compliments and asked her to flash him. She did. A year later, Todd said she received a message from the man on Facebook telling her to “put on a show” or else he would send the topless picture of her to everyone. Over Christmas break, police knocked on her door in the middle of the night to notify her that the photo had been circulated.
Thus begun a horrible cycle of “endless” emotional torment that included psychological, as well as physical, abuse.
She described being called names, eating lunch alone and resorting to cutting herself. She also told the story of an incident where she made a “huge mistake” and “hooked up” with a boy at her school who had a girlfriend, but who she believed really liked her.
A week later, she said she received a text message telling her to get out of school and then a group of students, led by the boy’s girlfriend, surrounded her at school and said, “Look around, nobody likes you.”
“A guy then yelled, ‘Just punch her already,’ so [the girlfriend] did,” Todd wrote. “She threw me to the ground and punched me several times. Kids filmed it. I was all alone and left on the ground.”
Todd said she “wanted to die so bad” when her dad found her in a ditch. She drank bleach when she went home and had to be rushed to the hospital to have her stomach pumped, she said.
“After I got home, all I saw was on Facebook–‘She deserved it. Did you wash the mud out of your hair? I hope she’s dead,'” she wrote.
Todd moved to another school in another city, but said the torture followed her through Facebook. Students posted photos of ditches and suggested she try another bleach.
“Every day, I think, why am I still here?” she asked towards the end of the video. “I’m stuck. What’s left of me now? Nothing stops. I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.”
Authorities were called to a residence in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, just before 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 to investigate the sudden death of the tormented teenager.
While authorities have not officially called the death a suicide, Cpl. Jamie Chung of the Coquitlam Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement, “At this time it has been determined that the teen’s death was not suspicious in nature and that foul play was not a factor.”
The coroner is investigating the death, police said.
Teenager Documents Bullying and Abuse Before Her Death
Todd said in her video that she did not want to press charges against the girl who beat her up because she wanted to move on when she moved to another city and school.
Police did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com’s question whether there was a probe into the man who used Todd’s Facebook photo in an effort to exploit her and then made it public.
Todd’s family has declined to speak, but Cheryl Quinton, spokeswoman for the Coquitlam School District, told ABCNews.com, “The family was wanting to pass along that several supports were in place for their daughter on the school, home and community levels. There was a lot of intervention and a lot of support. I know that is the message that they want to convey.”
Todd was in the tenth grade at the Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education School when she died. School officials would not release the name of her previous school.
Quinton said the death has been “very devastating” to the small school where resources are being provided to students in regards to suicide prevention and bullying.
“We typically, as a school district, don’t talk about such deaths but with the family’s endorsement we did choose to do so because it is important to point out the dangers associated with social media and cyber-bullying,” Quinton said.