Girl of 15 took her own life after making YouTube film about being bullied
A teenage girl who made a heartbreaking video about being bullied has taken her own life.
Amanda Todd, 15, uploaded a film, 'My Story: Struggling, bullying, suicide and self harm' to YouTube five weeks ago, and in it, via pieces of paper held up to camera, detailed the online harassment and bullying she had endured.
Towards the end of the film, Amanda shows a piece of paper with 'every day I think why am I still here? ... I have nobody. I need someone' written on it.
The Huffington Post reports that the Canadian teenager became depressed and fell into alcohol and drug disorders after she was lured by a stranger to 'flash' for a webcam when she was in 7th grade (around 11 years old).
The man then hunted her down on Facebook and blackmailed her into 'putting on a show' for him. Eventually he forwarded naked pictures of Amanda to all her friends and relatives. Even after she changed schools and made new friends, the man used naked pictures of her to set up a Facebook page.
Her devastated mum now says she hopes the video can be used as an educational tool for anti-bullying campaigns and that the tragedy of Amanda's passing could help other young people.
In a message on Twitter to the Vancouver Sun newspaper Carol Todd wrote: 'I think the video should be shared and used as an anti-bullying tool. That is what my daughter would have wanted'.
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