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Amanda Todd: Simple Math


This is a story of tragedy and cyberbullying.

On October 10, 2012, 15 year-old Amanda Todd hanged herself in her house in Canada. After exposing herself on a webcam in seventh grade, an unnamed internet stalker continuously blackmailed her over a period of 3 years, using photographs of her naked body as ammunition. The pictures were widespread over the internet and discovered by all of her classmates, who responded by ridiculing and demoralizing her.

The bullying wasn’t limited to school, either.

Several death threats and nasty posts were made to her Facebook account and at other social networking websites. Wherever Amanda went, her past followed. Unable to escape the shame by moving from city to city she decided to post a now- viral video on YouTube explaining her situation.

The media responded in great numbers, rallying in support of her family and friends, leading to the establishment of the Amanda Todd Trust, where millions have donated funds to help support the prevention of bullying in Canada.

What is it about tragedy that inspires us into action? Why does it take a death or a travesty to spark the desire to make a difference in our society?

Over the past few months several million posts have been made in response to the Amanda Todd story, but are concerned internet users really making an effort to stop bullying, or are they just following another trend?

I’m sure anybody who has used Facebook can relate to the obligatory comment posted about (insert cause here) under the pretense of “raising awareness.” But how does posting about a problem actually change anything? It seems as if, to establish a sense of self-worth, people align themselves with almost any cause. We all want to feel important. We all have the desire to see ourselves as significant in a vast and complex social structure. With over 7 billion fish in the sea, what is there to set us apart?

To me, the most heart-wrenching part of the Amanda Todd video is the second to last slide which reads “I have nobody, I need someone.” This is the real issue, people. The thing we should all really care about. Amanda Todd needed someone. But, sadly, she isn’t here anymore.

Instead of mindlessly blogging and hash-tagging #RIPamandatodd, find someone in your school or place of work who is alone and talk to him/her. There are people who are suffering right now, people like Amanda Todd, who can really use your help. Seriously, I dare you. If you sincerely care about the issue of bullying, you have endless opportunities to be significant, and the more you find yourself not wanting to do it, the more meaningful it will be if you do.

Remove yourself from the equation and, suddenly, you belong to something greater. Find yourself again in the solution to realize something greater belongs to you.


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  • Lance Merlino

    This society is very cruel. They don’t react when the necessity is there. They’ll react only when the tragedy happens. Very sad. is operated by Recovery Brands LLC, a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers, Inc.
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