Organizers say they’ve planned 40 anti-bullying vigils across the globe today in response to the suicide of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd.
Todd, 15, generated international headlines when she killed herself on October 10, a month after posting a heartbreaking YouTube video about her years-long struggle with bullying.
“It does not have to end like that.”
In her eight-minute video, Todd holds up hand-written cards that tell her story.
She admits to exposing her breasts to a man online when she was 12; he then sent friends and family a photo of her naked after she refused to expose herself again.
Todd said the man also posted the photo on a Facebook group, and the entire episode resulted in years of self-harm, abuse and ridicule at school.
She admits to failed suicide attempts.
"I have nobody. I need someone," she writes on one card.
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Support for the teen has come from all corners, both good and bad.
Dozens of video replies to her story are on YouTube, while her original video has more than 10 million views.
More than 1 million people belong to a Facebook tribute page, while the online “hacktivists” Anonymous had identified two men that the group says are responsible for blackmailing Todd.
One is a 41-year-old Wisconsin man while the other is a 32-year-old man from the Vancouver area.
Police have not laid any charges, and warn against vigilantism.
“They run the risk of committing a criminal offence,” RCMP Sergeant Peter Thiessen told The Globe and Mail.
“There are a number of things under the Criminal Code at our disposal if the right evidence is obtained to lay a charge under those circumstances.”
Police are also warning people about fraudulent websites collecting donations in Todd’s name.
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