JIM RICHARDS

Bully Victim Sends Message to the World

Posted By: Jim Richards · 10/12/2012 9:00:00 AM
Very sad story that needs to be told. RIP Amanda Todd.
 
Schools need to wake up. Fellow students have to speak out. Bullies and parents NEED to be held to account.
Have them home school or finish their education online.
 
The School board will evaluate its response to reports of bullying after this Grade 10 student at committed suicide a month after she posted this video describing cyberbullying and an alleged attack at school.
This girl should not have fallen thru the cracks. It is a sickening sad story.
 

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  1. J9sOpinion posted on 10/12/2012 07:55 PM
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Todd/127676444046790

    Found some 5,000 odd ppl friends followers for her now .. Its a shame too little just a little too late ..
    http://j9sopinion.com/
    Thanks again Jim...
  2. ChristineJ_2198 posted on 10/13/2012 03:28 PM
    Just Absolutely Tragic ...to think so Many Young Adolecents had nothing better to do with Thier Time but too hide behind the Internet as "Cowards these Teens "to Ridicule & Bully & Relentlessy...Ruin this Young Girls Life~~! I Sincerely Hope Someone in this "Pack of Wolves "has the" Good Sense " to Report ..this "Senseless Self Indulged Arrogant Heartless Young Man "that Relentlessly shamed this Young Lady ... Repeatedly He Should be Charged with promoting Illegal Pornography To All that played a part in these " Heartless Selfish Deviate Acts " You are Not "Humane "& I Hope that You are All "Plagued with Guilt " in knowing You All played A Role in this Young Ladies Very Early Demise ~! Wake Up You Heartless Wonders~!
  3. Mike posted on 10/14/2012 10:05 PM
    Schools do their part. All students in Ontario know about bullying upside down and inside out. This young lady was moved from school to school. The predator still found her.

    It is rumoured that the perpetrator was from the US.
  4. Don Callaghan posted on 10/15/2012 09:13 AM
    As an undergraduate I studied human development and sociology. My personal belief, derived from integration of both disciplines, is that bullying is no worse now than it has ever been in human history. I am now in my sixties and can relate to times, during my adolescence, when I was bullied. The difference between when I was a young child, born within a year of the World War II, is that parents are now a product of the "Dr Spock" generation. The "Spock-parents" used ideas from the "Baby-Bible" to raise the current parents, and tend to protect their offspring from every possible harm, by bubble-wrapping their progeny, from birth. In some families young children never experience adversity and, hence, cannot cope when a "bully" stresses them in the wider--adolescent--world, such as the school years, when the parent is not able to protect them. My suggestion for challenging the "bullying" dynamic is to teach kids (and parents) coping skills and perhaps allow a child to become vulnerable to challenging events while in the important period of development, by letting them off the leash once in awhile.
    1. Tori posted on 10/31/2012 03:08 PM
      @Don Callaghan I think this was a very insightful analysis of the bullying problem today. I think today's youth aren't able to cope emotionally with trivial matters and the same can be said for many people in their thirties. However, I cannot ignore the fact that now with cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, MSN and Yahoo messenger, Youtube, etc. that kids have access to, their is more opportunity for the bullies to bully.
  5. Richard Collins posted on 10/15/2012 05:57 PM
    Plenty of people were bullied when they were children. I was, and I'm still here. The difference is discipline. If we could get strict again with what kinds of behaviour we will and won't accept, not only would those other kids not have bullied her, but she wouldn't have made the chain of poor decisions that ended in the decision to take her own life.
    1. Tori posted on 10/31/2012 03:30 PM
      @Richard Collins I agree with this too.

      I don't want to blame the victim but just as kids need to be talked to about not bullying other kids, and given consequences for bullying; kids need to be disciplined in regards to sexting and talked to about teen dating etc.

      I do feel for Amanda. It doesn't sound like her self esteem was too high before the bullying started because I don't think she'd have been sexting or trying to hook up with that boy if it was.
  6. Chris C posted on 10/20/2012 03:25 PM
    As a father of two 14 year old girls. I can say at one time or another they have both been bulled. With little to NO HELP from the school. Its sad that we cant seem to fix this. One thing for sure if you are a parent TAKE THE COMPUTER OUT OF YOUR KIDS ROOM NOW! One of the main reasons why she was so deeply disturbed by bullying is simple. internet access that is not supervised and I am not saying its the parents fault. Parents simply dont know as much about the internet as they should. There is nobody educating parents about the internet and the safety issues and they are very very real.. If your kids are on the net take a look at what they are doing from time to time. Monitor the computer. Norton Family makes a great product for this. Its your house its your rules. If kids are monitored on the internet when horrible things like this happen, there might be more of a chance to stop it. I feel so sad for the loss of this child my world would come to an end if one of my daughters died. PLEASE PARENTS take the computer out of the bedroom supervise the access your child has to it. Most parents are not hip to the fact that the internet can be a horrible horrible place for a child to navigate alone. Someone needs to spend some time educating parents about this.
  7. s posted on 10/24/2012 04:51 PM
    realize that the layers of trouble run deep.

    don't pretend you are ok with it when someone else is uncomfortable.

    Be smart. Find a way to help.
  8. s posted on 10/24/2012 04:52 PM
    ***************************if you need help realize that there are lots of people that will
  9. stacey posted on 10/29/2012 12:49 PM
    If you kid is being bullied at school and the other parents, teacher, principal, superintendent are doing nothing, I have a solution. My kid was bullied for 10 months and the school did nothing in my opinion to keep my kid safe. They suggested my kid go see the staff social worker/psychologist. I had a lawyer from a big bay street law firm send a threatening letter to all parties. The bulling stop.
  10. Sharon M posted on 11/01/2012 08:40 AM
    Its a shame, that someone so young had to deal with this problem... Parents and teachers has to constantly remind children to be kind and how to forgive. As an adult, I can certainly see why this poor soul felt so alone... Those who knew he should be ashamed... But society has forgotten what Shame really is :-(
  11. Mary posted on 04/11/2013 04:24 PM
    The "alleged" rape, bullying of this girl is tragic and unfortunately we will continue to hear more of this and other types of youth violence happening as the days continue. Why? The answer is very simple. We live in a Godless society with the root of evil being SIN in the form of individualism instead of collective caring for one another. We have removed God's moral standard for living from our schools and workplaces and this is the result of that action. Our children are constantly inundated with the message that violence is acceptable - as shown through video games, tv shows, hollywood movies and music. Parents, take back your families and don't allow these external forces to penetrate your child's thought process without any meaningful discussion as to whether there is a right or wrong to be learned. What our children need is our love, our attention and boundaries for what is acceptable and not acceptable.

    We have tried everything to improve this world: more technology, more possessions; more wealth; more education; more freedom "to be" and it ain't working - let's go back to the source of it all - to the God who created this world with LOVE, to give us life and life more abundant. Once our children know who their Creator is, then they will have purpose in life and these willful actions of violence will cease.
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  13. Albert posted on 10/20/2013 10:20 PM
    Nobody want to call it by the name; them two girls, even though I am sorry for them, were two sex obsessed little skanks. Nothing more, nothing less. The parent are to blame for their lose behaviour, for having a smartphone so early, for allowing them with boys late at night at drunk parties, for paying for those many tattoos and body piercings. BTW, why does a 15 year old need a tongue piercing? hmmm?!
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  16. Lyn posted on 05/13/2014 08:58 PM
    Academics are great, but we have new issues to deal with in our new world. Teachers and their principals are greatly lacking knowledge in the diversities of their student constituents. You would think they could be empathetic, they fane liking children, after all they learn to teach. But they forget all of this incrementally with each problem.

    The TDSB AND the private school system need accountability. Accountability for the way in which they model for these impressionablele kids in school, teaching them right from wrong and how to treat another human being. Not to judge and to really accept people into a community.

    Every person has the right to love and be loved. Every person deserves forgiveness.

    Unfortunately those in power are usually the same people who were bullies at their schools when they were young. It had a different label then, but had the same lack of support and kindness applied. Same insecurities and self loathing expressed onto others.

    Principals, teachers, so called educators, let's stop this - you have the power-use it wisely. It's what you do when others are not watching that counts!
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