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

Image: Time

Typhoon Death Toll in Philippines Reaches 1,000

Residents of two southern Philippine cities battered by a storm that left over 1,000 people dead and displaced hundreds of thousands started the hard work of reclaiming their lives as authorities buried dozens of bodies in concrete vaults on Wednesday.

The head of the national disaster agency, Benito Ramos, said 1,002 people were killed and dozens more remained unaccounted for on Mindanao island after landslides, flash floods, and falling logs triggered by typhoon Washi, one of the deadliest typhoons to hit the country since 2008, swept aside homes and roads as people slept in the early hours of Saturday. Most of Washi’s casualties were in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, with more than 275,000 people homeless, many now sheltering in dozens of evacuation areas.

Washi brought more than 180mm (7 inches) of rainfall over a 24-hour period over northern Mindanao, more than the average of 113 mm (4.5 inches) for an entire December month in the area, Rosalina de Guzman of the weather bureau’s climate data office told Reuters. It was the worst typhoon in northern Mindanao in more than 50 years, or since November 1958 when 227 mm (9 inches) of rain fell, de Guzman said.

Some of the displaced spent the night on sidewalks due to overcrowding in schools, churches, gymnasiums and army bases, raising public health concerns due to poor sanitation and lack of potable water.

City officials in Iligan continued to bury drowning victims, many of them in a decomposing state, in newly-built concrete crypts at a public cemetery. Officials in nearby Cagayan de Oro delayed mass burial to allow police to tag for identification more than 600 bodies recovered.


Source: Reuters

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