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#2771101 - 10/12/12 09:16 PM Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide

Registered: 04/28/08
Posts: 28962
Loc: Ontario, Canada

Every time I read about something like this it reminds me of how much of a [censored] hole highschool was for me.

When Columbine happened, I was not surprised. High School is a powder keg. Bullying is a huge issue and people can only be pushed so far before they reach their limit. At that limit, who knows what they'll do?

Columbine was a lashing out. This is the other approach. Both are horrific in their own right. The plague of social media, outlets like Facebook, Twitter...etc, they make people, particularly the youth, who are far more uninhibited than older, more conservative folks who don't consider the Internet a part of their existence, accessible to peers and predators. Sometimes those are one in the same, as is the case with bullies.

Having three young kids in school, their exposure to the Internet is something I'm not only aware of, but proactive in their education of what a powerful, and sometimes awful tool it can be. Internet education and a focus on social media is something parents MUST be involved in these days. Not a good thing for those who are far from technically savvy frown

My question here is where were her parents and why were they not more involved?
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#2771105 - 10/12/12 09:20 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
John_K Offline

Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 2382
Loc: Columbus, Ohio
I absolutely HATED school. All 12 years of it. This was preInternet but it still always floored me why kids thought they had the right to stick their nose into other people's business.


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#2771108 - 10/12/12 09:22 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
daves87rs Offline

Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 14484
Loc: Michigan
She may have hid it very well from her parents ...and telling them what they wanted to hear..
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#2771122 - 10/12/12 09:40 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: daves87rs]
Quattro Pete Offline

Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 28628
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: daves87rs
She may have hid it very well from her parents ...and telling them what they wanted to hear..

True, although, it just shows that the parents didn't know their child as well as they should have or weren't really paying enough attention to see through her camouflage. Easy for me to say. I don't have any kids.
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#2771128 - 10/12/12 09:50 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
ARB1977 Offline

Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 4607
Loc: North Texas
Kids these days are very smart when it comes to hiding their feelings. Just a few weeks ago a teen shot and killed his mother and sister while the dad was out of town for business. He calls 911 extremely calm telling the operator exactly what happened. This was in a high class neighborhood. No one knew the kid had issues. Pretty sad.
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#2771168 - 10/12/12 10:36 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
antiqueshell Offline

Registered: 03/02/12
Posts: 5133
Loc: chicago, Illinois
Wow, for a minute I got confused and thought of Kate Todd!!
The actress from the Canadian TV series Radio Free Roscoe.
Course she is like about 21 or so now.

But how is this for a weird coincidence?

Source wikipedia.

"While attending high school Todd tutored French and gained her compulsory community service hours traveling to local schools addressing students on the issues of bullying".

That being said I found that middle school was the worst time for myself. It seems to me that kids between the ages of about 11-13 are the worst.

Edited by antiqueshell (10/12/12 10:39 PM)

#2771181 - 10/12/12 10:58 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
Cutehumor Offline

Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 9254
Loc: USA
I hated school as well. I think in 7th grade, I skipped school like 30 days in one school year and my teacher still passed me! To this day, my parents had no clue. My wife used to tell me that she loved school growing up. she went to school in "mayberry" so everything was hunkey dory
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#2771196 - 10/12/12 11:25 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
Cristobal Offline

Registered: 01/02/11
Posts: 2216
Loc: Cal-Neva-Ari
Someone dropped the ball here. If some guy put pictures of her breasts all over the Internet taken when she was in the 7th grade (?!), why was he not tracked down and arrested for making kiddie porn?

If the cops knew about this, why did they not take this seriously?
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#2771198 - 10/12/12 11:29 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: Cristobal]
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Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 6838
Loc: new jersey
very sad

#2771207 - 10/12/12 11:43 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
JAG Offline

Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 4550
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA
That is so sad. The cruelty of some people is unbelievable.

#2771208 - 10/12/12 11:45 PM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
Racerjk Offline

Registered: 09/07/03
Posts: 1199
Loc: Arkansas
I read this story today,and it really saddened me! There's nothing more cruel or hateful than teenagers! Parents can be worse though.

I didn't really get bullied or picked on,but I still hated school. You couldn't pay me enough money to go back though school here. My high school was great as long as you were really nice-looking, or had a lot of money. Oh wait! I forgot about playing sports. You could be a total dirtbag,but everyone loved you if you played sports.

#2771216 - 10/13/12 12:41 AM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
Shannow Offline

Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 29214
Loc: a prisoner island
There was a case in Oz earlier in the year, where a bullied teenager made a flashcard video telling her story.

Brought me to tears that many many children feel that helpless.

#2771234 - 10/13/12 02:48 AM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 12662
Loc: Silicon Valley
I remember the time when I blew up in 9th grade. A kid bully me by locking me up in the classroom after school by breaking the door knob. I was so [censored] that I threw the loose door knob at him, hitting his face and send him to the ER. We both almost got kicked out, but eventually become friends.

My experience was that kids that age want to stand up on their own so they try to solve their own problem as adult, but not knowing when should ask for help and what is too much and cross from social interaction into hostility / danger. Most of these cases involve long term bullying.
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#2771257 - 10/13/12 06:46 AM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: OVERKILL]
Loobed Offline

Registered: 07/20/07
Posts: 3742
Loc: Northern California, USA

This country is a bully nation. It survives by bullying. It prides itself on being the bully and pushing other people around.

The main reason why the bullying never stops is because the people that put themselves in charge are incompetent and bullies themselves. Bullies always work for a position of control.

Many people (even on this board) that claim to hate bullies or be against bullying are bullies themselves. They pick a target whom they envy for some reason. They then claim that the target deserves to get punished for a fault that is really a projection of the the bullies hatred of himself. All of this happens on a subconscious level and the conscious self believes he/she is doing the right thing.

I have been bullied all my life. I can spot a bully a mile away just by the way they look.
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#2771280 - 10/13/12 07:27 AM Re: Amanda Todd - 15 year old commits suicide [Re: Loobed]
Autobahn88 Offline

Registered: 08/21/03
Posts: 671
Loc: Kingston On, Canada
You are right to a point. I know of 3 people who were the worst bullies in high school who are now police officers. Bullies have this need of power and the only way they know how to get it is by belittling and harrassing people with weak or low self esteem. The problem it will never get better or go away until the school system does something to control the bullies instead of blowing hot air everytime some poor soul dies as a result of bullying. My daughter is 10 and has a bully in her class that hits and pushes around every other student in her class, yet when the principle was approached by some of the parents her response was that they were working on the problem and that everybody has a right to an education in a safe enviroment including the bully... confused

Edited by Autobahn88 (10/13/12 07:28 AM)
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