Monday, December 3, 2012

Suicide of Amanda Todd

he suicide of Amanda Todd occurred on October 10, 2012 at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to her death, Todd posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell of her experience of being blackmailed, bullied, and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death,[1] resulting in international media attention. Amanda Michelle Todd was born in British Columbia on November 27, 1996.[2][3] At the time of her death, she was a grade 10 student[4] at CABE Secondary in Coquitlam,[5] a school that caters for students who have experienced social and behavior issues in previous educational settings.[6] The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and British Columbia Coroners Service launched investigations into the suicide. In response to the death, Christy Clark, the Premier of British Columbia, made an online statement of condolence suggesting a national discussion on criminalizing cyber-bullying.[7][8] Also, a motion was introduced in the Canadian House of Commons to propose a study of the scope of bullying in Canada, and for more funding and support for anti-bullying organizations. Todd's mother, Carol, established the Amanda Todd Trust, receiving donations to support anti-bullying awareness education, and support programs for young people with mental health problems. Source:

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