Bullied Teen’s Chilling Video Goes Viral After Suicide

Bullied Teen's Chilling Video Goes Viral After SuicideIn the soundless, black and white YouTube video, Canadian teen Amanda Todd showed  a stack of cards each filled with messages in black marker. Each card painfully sinking the viewer deeper into the anguish too many teens have experienced.

‘They wanted me to flash’

“In 7th grade I would go with friends on webcam,” the card in the teen’s hand read. She began to get attention on the Internet from people that she did not know. “They wanted me to flash. So I did one year later,” the cards said. The teen then got a message on Facebook from a stranger who said she needed to show more of herself or he would publish the topless pictures he had taken of her. On Christmas break, the police came to her home to tell her that photos of her were sent to “everyone.”

“After a month later I started talking to an old guy friend.” She thought the guy liked her even though she knew he had a girlfriend. One day he asked her to come over because his girlfriend was on vacation.

‘I have nobody’

A week later the guy’s girlfriend showed up at her school with a posse of 15 others. A crowd gathered. The girlfriend berated her screaming that nobody liked her. She was punched. Thrown on the ground. “Teachers ran over but I just went and layed in a ditch and my dad found me.”

When she got home she drank bleach. She was rushed to a hospital to flush the chemical out of her. She moved in with her mother in another city, to another school. But her past followed her. Her struggles with anxiety and cutting had gotten worse. The last cards say simply: “I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.” One day earlier, Amanda Todd’s body was found in her home, police in the Vancouver-area city of Coquitlam said. She took her own life. Amanda was 15.

Do you know someone who went through the same agony Amada Todd did? How can we put a stop to bullying?

Source: CNN

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Mars Rover Curiosity Lands ‘Flawlessly’ On Red Planet

NASA’s rover Curiosity successfully carried out a highly challenging landing on Mars early Monday, transmitting images back to Earth after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space to explore the red planet.

“This is a stunning achievement. The engineering went flawlessly,” said Scott Hubbard, who was the first Mars program director at NASA headquarters and is now a consulting professor at Stanford University. Some rover team specialists are analyzing the data from the landing, while others are preparing Curiosity for exploring Gale Crater, where it landed, NASA said.

The $2.6 billion Curiosity made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the “seven minutes of terror.” This jaw-dropping landing process, involving a sky crane and the world’s largest supersonic parachute, allowed the spacecraft carrying Curiosity to target the landing area that scientists had meticulously chosen. The mission control in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory burst into cheers as the rover touched down Monday morning. Team members hugged and high-fived one another as Curiosity beamed back the first pictures from the planet, while some shed tears.

At the news conference, NASA showed off some of the initial images, including one of Mount Sharp, which rises 3.4 miles above the floor of the Gale Crater, according to NASA. Scientists cannot tell yet how easy it will be to scoop up the surface material. The initial images the SUV-size rover sent back to Earth were black and white and grainy, but one showed its wheel resting on the stony ground, and the vehicle’s shadow appeared in another.

The spacecraft had been traveling away from Earth since November 26 on a journey of about 352 million miles (567 million kilometers), according to NASA. Curiosity, which will be controlled from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has a full suite of sophisticated tools for exploring Mars. The aim of its work is “to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms,” NASA said.

What interesting stuff could Curiosity discover in Mars? Is Curiosity’s successful landing a sign that space exploration will soon be back to full throttle  soon?

Source: CNN

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