An End to Bullying

Victim of bullying Amanda Todd

When I was a kid, and despite the fact that I was larger than most children my age, I sometimes fell victim to bullies. Granted, this mistreatment never lasted long because I always fought back, but such is not the case these days. The technology boom of the internet, webcams and cell phones have opened up a whole new world in which bullies may operate, and sometimes the results can be fatal.

Two years ago, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly broadcast his gay tryst with another student on the web. While this may not seem like bullying, at least not in the traditional sense, it did cause irreparable harm to Clementi. And in his mind, the only solution was to commit suicide.

Something similar happened recently to 15-year-old Amanda Todd of Coquitlam, British Columbia, a beautiful young lady with potential that will never be realized.

In the seventh grade, Todd flashed a man online while using a webcam. A year later, the same man tracked her down on Facebook and sent the topless photo to all her friends. No matter where Amanda went, and regardless of which school she attended, she was persistently bullied and teased by her peers. Last month, Todd posted a powerful and thought-provoking video to YouTube detailing her struggles with bullying.

And last Wednesday, Amanda took her own life.

Suicide of Tyler Clementi

The public outrage generated by Todd’s death has brought new and much-needed attention to bullying in all of its forms, particularly cyber-bullying. Fortunately, the man involved in Amanda’s case has been identified as a 30-year-old man from New Westminster, B.C. He now faces charges of sexual interference with a minor and sexual assault, which is little consolation to Amanda’s parents.

To make matters worse, and to further insult a young girl who already paid the ultimate price, autopsy photographs of Todd’s nude body were leaked on the internet. There are even people making jokes about her and saying things so lewd and disrespectful that I dare not reproduce them here.

The time for bullying to end is NOW. Our young people are the future, but only if they live long enough to see it. And personally, I hope Amanda Todd’s bully burns in Hell for what he did.

Posted on October 16, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. unbelievable. thanks for sharing.

    • My pleasure, Sarah. We all need to be aware before positive change can take place. And stories like this are so sad. I do appreciate you taking the time to read this and hope to see you here again soon!

  2. Wish I could get my hands on the lowlife piece of trash who leaked those photos.Give me a baseball bat & 5 min. alone in a room with him & he’d never hurt anyone again.What a filthy piece of human garbage that creature is.

  3. I’m only 5ft. tall,need bat,but sure would like opportunity.

  4. This breaks my heart. It’s an unfortunate side affect of being in a world that places more value on looks and sex appeal than anything else. This poor girl, her family… There were many times when I was nearly a teenage suicide. It hurts to this day. There are no words to express how truly sad it is when a grown man can be so cruel to a little girl.

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