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Michelle Young – Oct 11, 2012
And from Canadian news, my only thoughts keep running through my head: Where were we? Could we have done anything? Why wasn’t she heard among the billions who visit YouTube each day? Bullying resulted in her taking her life. When will it stop? She took her life yesterday, the 10th of October, in the Vancouver, British Columbia area. One member of this community comes from the same community near Vancouver. The area is so lovely. I haven’t seen the longest of the three videos. Part of the silent video the girl broadcast was shown in the top video on the page. Her dialogue was written, and her face was hidden. People knew. The newscasters interviewed her gym coach.
Yes, when does it stop? This isn’t about the United States of America or Canada or India. This is a global problem. Please, everyone, let’s brainstorm and try to do our part on what we can do to help. As I began this thread, the Uranus-Pluto square should be representing, as it does astrologically, a time for us to stand up and ask what indeed we can do. Not in a fruitless question, but one that bears fruit: What can I personally do to help? Will my being an ear even give a start? I’d have to answer, “It can’t hurt. It’s a start.” But there’s more. What else? Anyone? Please get involved and speak up about this epidemic situation!
B.C. girl’s suicide foreshadowed by video
Maple Ridge teen posted cry for help on YouTube
Oct 11, 2012 1:47 PM PT
Oct 11, 2012 7:38 PM PT
Tributes are pouring in for a Maple Ridge, B.C., teenager who
committed suicide after posting a video describing how she was tormented
by bullies and suffered from depression.
The 15-year-old, whose name was Amanda, posted a cry for help in a
YouTube video in September. It was taken down by YouTube on Thursday
following her death.
Amanda didn’t speak through the entire nine minutes, but flashes
dozens of cards telling how she sank into depression after she says she
was blackmailed, relentlessly taunted and physically attacked at school.
She moved schools several times, but couldn’t escape bullies, she says through the flash cards.
In the notes underneath the video, she writes, “I’m struggling to
stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply….
Haters are haters but please don’t hate,” said the posting.
Grief shakes community
News of the teen’s death has sparked a wave of grief and anger online and in her community.
Cheryl Quinton, who is with the Coquitlam School Board, says the girl’s suicide has shaken students and staff.
“Student deaths in such tragic circumstances do hit a community very, very hard,” said Quinton.
She said the school was aware of the video before Amanda took her life, and supports were in place to help her.
Bullying has been an issue for schools for decades, and it’s particularly difficult to combat now in an age of social media, Quinton said.
Premier speaks out
B.C. Premier Christy Clark posted a message on YouTube expressing her own concern and condolences for the family.
The 15-year-old girl from Maple Ridge, B.C., posted a video to YouTube in September saying she was depressed due to bullying.(YouTube )
one deserves to be bullied. No one earns it. No one asks for it. It
isn’t a rite of passage. Bullying has to stop,” said Clark.
“Every child, everyone needs to be able to feel safe at school. And
when we send our kids to school we need to know that they are going to
come home safe.”
RCMP have released a statement saying it was an unimaginable tragedy that has a huge impact on the community as a whole.
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