Dear Miracle Mama readers,
Some of you may know this story. Others may not. This is a sad story.
Amanda Todd was born on November 27, 1996. Amanda ended her life on October 10, 2012. Amanda was fifteen years old.
Why did this happen?
As a young teen, Amanda endured three years of being stalked, blackmailed, tormented and bullied by an online predator and classmates. Despite changing schools several times in attempt to leave her tormentors behind; the torments followed. In one incident, Amanda was physically assaulted by peers. Her father found her in a ditch.
Amanda’s story is not new. Countless teens and young people have ended their life due to being bullied, ridiculed and shamed. The stories are endless. It’s a fact that teen suicide is the second highest cause of death.
Amanda’s story and the stories of others who end their life due to bullying sheds light on the cruelty that exists in us as a society.
What makes us act so cruelly toward another? What is in the person who stalks and blackmails another? What is in the person who torments, shames and ridicules another over and over again? How do we get sucked into justifying the cruelty of one toward another so that it becomes a group effort?
Amanda Todd’s mother, Carol Todd, describes Amanda as a very caring individual who would help others who needed it. Amanda’s father, Norm Todd, refers to Amanda as “a strong little girl.” In fact, the two were planning to get a tattoo together that said, “Stay. Strong.”
Can and will Amanda’s story help us to uplift each other and aspire us to loftier values such as; patience, tolerance, forgiveness, responsibility, compassion and concern for others?
Can and will Amanda’s story help us to see what is missing in a society of individuals that cruelly bullies another?
Do we as a society have any idea about what Love really is?
Amanda Todd is an Angel because her short life is touching millions worldwide. Amanda Todd lives in the heart of each one of us, including her tormentors, as a cry for Love. Please help answer the call.
A strong little girl’s story has brought to light a need and some people are working together to ensure change happens. Jian Ghomeshi is one of those people. Please listen to Jian’s essay here, then click the Listen button on his page.
“…and so for Amanda, here’s hoping that somehow, somewhere, you can hear this; we are collectively sorry, and this one is for you.” Jian Ghomeshi.
Thank you for taking the time to read and share this post. Please help spread the message of Angel Amanda Todd.
Stop bullying worldwide.
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