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a devastating story

Amanda Todd, a Vancouver-area teenager who posted a story to YouTube last month about being cyber-bullied, was found dead Wednesday night in Coquitlam, Canada. Authorities believe she committed suicide.

Amanda’s video tells a heart-wrenching story of the bullying she was subjected to — both online and off. “In 7th grade,” she begins, sharing her message on cue cards, “I would go with friends on webcam [to] meet and talk to new people.” At one point, a stranger flattered her into flashing the camera.

… I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although im sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyones future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I?

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I can’t imagine what her parents must be going through right now. I feel sick for this girl. And all I can do is talk to my girls about Facebook, bullying, asking for help, and keeping their clothes on. And pray nothing like this ever happens to them.

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  • Ashley Monday, October 15, 2012, 1:12 pm

    Yes. All of that.

  • cc Monday, October 15, 2012, 11:59 pm

    Wow. I’m actually writing a paper on cyber-bullying for my English class. I will be including this somehow.

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