“I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.” – Amanda Michelle Todd (November 27, 1996 – October 10, 2012)

Today I post about something different:

I have been following a news story of a girl by the name of Amanda who committed suicide to escape the hurt she had built up inside her. With no way to let it out she did what she felt was best and that was to end her own life. Do I blame Amanda, her mom, those who bullied her. No… Because we all deal with the internal pains of life in our own way.  I do however see that social networking playing a big role in taking one bad situation and making it worse.

Most youth and even adults use the Internet and Social Networking sites such as Facebook as a way to step outside of the world around us to a place where can can openly express our thoughts and share with others. This is the way I have always known things, however things have changed. Some who are online are out to just pray on those who may already show signs of weakness and use that to only fuel their sick twisted egos. The end results is someone such as Amanda Todd who looks to escape the norms of everyday to only be confronted those looking to cause more harm.

On 7 September 2012, 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. All because she was coerced (talked into) showing her breast online to later have them sent around the internet and people who knew her. Amanda was beautiful, and from the photos I have seen online she seemed happy; The reality of it all was she was not happy but in pain.

On October 10, 2012, Amanda took her life.

Amanda I didn’t know you but do wish I could have been that someone, even if it was to introduce you to my little girl so you two could have been friends. I will pray for you and wish you eternal peace.