"My name is Amanda Todd…"

On 7 September 2012, 15 year old Amanda Todd posted this video on her YouTube channel:

This teen was harassed and bullied for years because of one stupid mistake. One mistake. It haunted her. She could not escape the torment, the bullying, the verbal, cyber, emotional, and physical abuse of it all. On 10 October  2012, Amanda committed suicide.

Bullying affects the victims even more than the bully can possibly know. Maybe we think that “I hope she kills herself” will be taken as a joke, but here we have a lost teen, and a devastated family. Let’s all remember what one comment, one action can do to a person. One bully can tip a person over the edge, just as one friend can pull them back from the cliff. No one deserves this. So why should one person lose all they have because of one mistake? To belittle, judge and torment someone…. one action. One is all it takes.

This is Amanda Todd. This is her story.

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About Trevor Boot

I’ve been officially writing since 2004, when I was 15, but I started writing for fun now and then in 2001, when I was 12. I mostly wrote short stories and poems, but then in 2008, I wrote my first novel, titled Xangsburgh. Before this, my writing never really had any direction. I would just write independent stories that had no connection with each other, so I always had to start over from scratch. With Xangsburgh, I had a fictional city I could base all my stories in, with the stories building on each other. For me, that made writing easier, because now I don’t have to start from scratch every time. I could use Sheriff Brock without having to introduce him every time. In 2011, I realized I really enjoyed taking pictures. Several of my friends would comment that my pictures were near-professional quality. So on top of my writing, I’m also an amateur photographer. In 2014, I published Xangsburgh, as well as a photo book with some of my favourite photos I have taken, and a book of poems I’ve written between 2001 and 2013.
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