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Amanda Todd: Bullied teen shared story, then committed suicide

Amanda Todd, the bullied Canadian teen whose video documenting her troubles went viral, committed suicide.


Amanda Todd, a Canadian teenager with a history of being bullied, committed suicide on Oct. 10, 2012. In a pledge not to commit suicide, students raise their hands during an anti-bullying convocation for Miami County middle school and junior high students at Peru High School's Tig-Arena, Sept. 27, 2012 in Peru, Ind.

Jeff Morehead, Peru Tribune/AP

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Canadians were shocked, angered and saddened after learning the fate of a 15-year-old school girl who was found dead, an apparent suicide, five weeks after she uploaded a video to YouTube describing years of bullying that drove her to drugs and alcohol.

Coroner Barb McLintock said Oct. 11 that preliminary indications suggest the British Columbia girl, Amanda Todd, killed herself. Her school district's spokeswoman, Cheryl Quinton, confirmed the girl in the video was her.

In the 9-minute video posted on Sept. 7, the 10th-grader and cheerleader didn't speak but told her story in haunting detail in a series of handwritten notes that she held up to the camera.

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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.


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