Amanda Todd's YouTube Video on Struggling, Bullying, Suicide and Self Harm-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a YouTube video that
is circulating the Internet allegedly by a 15 year old girl called
Amanda Todd. She tells how someone on the Internet coaxed
her into flashing her chest in a webcam session and how the events that
followed led to depression, addiction and her suicide.
The article said, "Amanda Todd, 15,
posted the video called 'My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self
harm' on Sept. 7 and was found dead in her home town of Port Coquitlam,
British Columbia, just over a month later." The
article also said that Todd had been coaxed by a stranger on the
internet to flash her chest via webcam. After about a year of
prompting by the stranger she eventually gave in and the events that
followed escalated into a teen's nightmare. A photo of the
session was posted on the Internet and someone contact her though Facebook threatening her that if she did not "put on a show" that the
photo would be released.
The article went on to say, "Over Christmas break, Todd said police came
to her house at 4 a.m. to tell her that the photo had been sent to
everyone. 'I then got really sick and got anxiety, major
depression and panic disorders,' she wrote. 'I then moved and got into
drugs and alcohol.'"
The cyber-bullies followed her move to a new school in another city and
eventually the attacks not only came from the Internet but also from her
new classmates who prompted her to find another school.
The article said that in the early evening of October 10th law
enforcement were called to a home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia,
"to investigate the sudden death of the tormented teenager."
Investigators found no evidence of foul play but the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police have yet to rule her death a suicide.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
I'm struggling to stay in this world,
because everything just touches me so deeply. I'm not doing this for
attention. I'm doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be
strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I'd rather
hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don't hate,
although im sure I'll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone
has a story, and everyones future will be bright one day, you just gotta
pull through. I'm still here aren't I?