There is widespread anger and sadness across Canada after Amanda Todd dies a month after detailing her torment in a YouTube video.
3:18pm UK, Saturday 13 October 2012
The death of a schoolgirl five weeks after she uploaded a video describing years of bullying has sparked shock and outrage in Canada.
Coroner Barb McLintock said on Thursday that preliminary indications suggest 15-year-old Amanda Todd killed herself.
In the nine-minute video posted on September 7 on YouTube, the British Columbia cheerleader did not speak but told her story in haunting detail in a series of handwritten notes that she held up to the camera.
She said she was lured by a stranger to expose her breasts on a webcam and the picture ended up on a Facebook page made by the stranger, to which her friends were added.
She wrote of being plunged into anxiety, depression, drugs and alcohol.
Amanda said she changed schools but an encounter with another girl's boyfriend started the bullying again, which this time escalated into a physical attack in which she said she was beaten.
When Amanda got home, she wrote, she drank bleach: "It killed me inside and I thought I actually was going to die."
She was rushed to a hospital to flush out the bleach.
More anxiety, cutting and overdosing followed, her struggles with anxiety and cutting herself got worse, and despite counselling and antidepressants, she was rushed to hospital again after an overdose.
The last cards in the video said simply: "I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd."
Beneath the video, Miss Todd posted a note saying she produced it not for attention, but "to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong".
"Everyone's future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I'm still here, aren't I?"
Ms McClintock said Amanda died in her home on Wednesday. Her office released no other details.
The Coquitlam Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the family is not prepared to speak publicly and have asked that their privacy be respected.
The girl's death was headline news nationally on Friday, with #RIPAmanda trending across Twitter and one Amanda Michelle Todd memorial page on Facebook garnering more than 35,000 "likes".
Shock, sadness and recriminations poured out on a Facebook page devoted to her.
British Columbia premier Christy Clark posted a video on YouTube deploring the tragedy.
Bullying "isn't a rite of passage", she said. "Bullying has to stop."
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