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    (CNN) -- Her YouTube video started out innocently enough. The Canadian teen, her face obscured from the camera, held a stack of cards each filled with messages in black marker.

    "I've decided to tell you about my never ending story," the card in Amanda Todd's hands read.

    At this point the viewer may have no idea that they are about to be led on the most agonizing journey, one that pushed the premier of British Columbia to issue a stern warning against bullying, a journey that has birthed a Facebook page with thousands of people commenting many offering condolences.

    In the soundless, black and white video, the teen showed one card after another. Each card painfully sinking the viewer deeper into the anguish too many teens have experienced.

    "In 7th grade I would go with friends on webcam," the card in the teen's hand read.

    The next few cards reveal that the teen began to get attention on the Internet from people that she did not know. People who told her she was beautiful, stunning, perfect.

    Terrible.

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    I honestly don't have it in me to click and read further. Just that paragraph alone was heartbreak waiting to happen.
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    Bullying is a long way from being fixed. I work at an NPR affiliate station, and before I left for my shift I was listening to a newsbreak where a congressperson spoke about a "new perspective" in the bullying issue:

    "We believe bullying is done as a method to elevate social status."

    Gee, when I was bullied 13 years ago, I knew that, and people are just figuring that out now?

    The internet is dangerous, and kids aren't just being bullied at school anymore. Parents need to be active, kids need to be smarter, and schools need to step in more. Unfortunately the transitive property in all of these and the politics involved will make it very difficult for much progress.

    That poor girl. A prayer will be said tonight.

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    I was going to start a thread when I heard the news Thursday but my heart was breaking for this poor girl. Such a sad, sad story. I'd like to find those assholes and give them a taste of their own medicine but then that would make me no better than them. I just wish I could have helped someway, somehow.

    Please, if anyone is being bullied please speak out so that you can get help. There is always a solution to every problem, no matter how bleak. Just speak out, please!

    My heart goes out to her and her family and wish someone would of reached out and helped her before this tragedy could of happened.

    It's funny how touched we can feel even when something like this happens to people we don't know and have never met. RIP Amanda Todd - She has to be in a much better place now.

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    There's a lot more to this than just bullying. Lot's of people get bullied, don't cut, don't commit suicide. This is much more about mental health. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like any adults in her life were really in tune to what was going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    There's a lot more to this than just bullying. Lot's of people get bullied, don't cut, don't commit suicide. This is much more about mental health. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like any adults in her life were really in tune to what was going on.
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    Very sad story up here in my neck of the woods.

    Many youngsters family's have 2 working parents, and then some of the kids today are spoiled rotten. These punk bullies wouldn't survive 10 minutes in America, but they are influenced by hip hop rap gangbangers , whom they feebily attempt to emulate, by using this urban ghetto vocabulary. These little pukes have absolutley no appreciation of how fortunate they are to grow up in this part of the world, which is a walk in the park, unlike, Detroit, L.A., Chicago, Miami, and countless other city's, where the thugs they worship would put them in their place, then they'd be the ones being bullied.

    The cruelety of many younger kids these days is astounding to me, I have really noticed this change in society lately, and find it deeply disturbing.

    I believe the worst kids actually come from good family's with no financial hardships whatsoever, and are spoiled rotten by parents of my generation who have also had an easy life, and expect their parents too pay and co-sign loans for everything, without ever having to struggle.

    They are soft, weak hearted souls that lack charactor, backbone, morals and ethics. These people would NEVER have anything, trucks, houses, vacations, credit cards, without coming from a priveleged family that helps them out financially. They turn out to be some of the most arrogant, lousy and miserable people with a big chip on their shoulders, even though they have no reason for it, and should count their lucky stars they have a good life in this country, but don't, they just take it all for granted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    Very sad story up here in my neck of the woods.

    Many youngsters family's have 2 working parents, and then some of the kids today are spoiled rotten. These punk bullies wouldn't survive 10 minutes in America, but they are influenced by hip hop rap gangbangers , whom they feebily attempt to emulate, by using this urban ghetto vocabulary. These little pukes have absolutley no appreciation of how fortunate they are to grow up in this part of the world, which is a walk in the park, unlike, Detroit, L.A., Chicago, Miami, and countless other city's, where the thugs they worship would put them in their place, then they'd be the ones being bullied.

    The cruelety of many younger kids these days is astounding to me, I have really noticed this change in society lately, and find it deeply disturbing.

    I believe the worst kids actually come from good family's with no financial hardships whatsoever, and are spoiled rotten by parents of my generation who have also had an easy life, and expect their parents too pay and co-sign loans for everything, without ever having to struggle.

    They are soft, weak hearted souls that lack charactor, backbone, morals and ethics. These people would NEVER have anything, trucks, houses, vacations, credit cards, without coming from a priveleged family that helps them out financially. They turn out to be some of the most arrogant, lousy and miserable people with a big chip on their shoulders, even though they have no reason for it, and should count their lucky stars they have a good life in this country, but don't, they just take it all for granted.
    Being cruel isn't anything new. My dad has told me plenty of horror stories about things he did to animals in his youth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    There's a lot more to this than just bullying. Lot's of people get bullied, don't cut, don't commit suicide. This is much more about mental health. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like any adults in her life were really in tune to what was going on.
    So true.

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    The difference between the bullying those of us over 30 experienced, and the kind of bullying that younger folks endure is a little different.

    Where our bullying ended once we left school, and got home the internet means there is no safe place for young people. With the internet the average 13 year-old's room resembles a 1975 Pentagon command center. They have access to the entire world, and unfortunately the world has access to them.

    Kids can set up pages and blogs dedicated to ridiculing a classmate in seconds, and thanks to social media everyone in their social circle knows about it and can join in.

    I was bullied in school. I also bullied other kids too. Kids suck.

    The difference is with social media, and the internet kids get no break. It's a Lord of the Flies thing.
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    Forgive me if this sounds insensitive, but she sure doesn't look like your typical bullying target, very pretty young girl. I guess this is proof that it does affect everyone, and I didn't realize there was the internet luring stuff indicated in the first post.

    I knew a guy through middle and high school who was bullied, and while it may not have directly influenced his eventual decision to take his own life, there's no doubt in my mind the bullying influenced his drug abuse and thus, indirectly led him to such a decision.

    Most sickening of all is the continued bullying and victimization of the family via pathetic online posting and the like. This family has suffered enough and this has to stop. Makes me think of that bullying case in Michigan? where the neighbours bullied the dying girl. Just sick and inhuman.

    While the issue of suicide and self harm is certainly one of mental health, bullying exacerbates the problem and unforunately we aren't always aware of those who are predisposd to these types of drastic measures. I bullied and was bullied too, but neber once did I contemplate suicide, which is why the excuse "everyone gets bullied" can be very ignorant when clearly there are more factors in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    The difference between the bullying those of us over 30 experienced, and the kind of bullying that younger folks endure is a little different.

    Where our bullying ended once we left school, and got home the internet means there is no safe place for young people. With the internet the average 13 year-old's room resembles a 1975 Pentagon command center. They have access to the entire world, and unfortunately the world has access to them.

    Kids can set up pages and blogs dedicated to ridiculing a classmate in seconds, and thanks to social media everyone in their social circle knows about it and can join in.

    I was bullied in school. I also bullied other kids too. Kids suck.

    The difference is with social media, and the internet kids get no break. It's a Lord of the Flies thing.
    So what's the answer? Kids are going to bully - everyone here knows it (and if they don't they must have grown up in a happy special place). So do we ban kids from the internet (I'm all for it - but how do you enforce it - arrest parents of kids found to be using social media sites? No thanks!)? No amount of "Stop bullying" messages is going to stop bullying any more than crying Natives stopped littering or "Stop smoking" messages stopped smoking - it might make some kids stop and think, but those who are going to bully are still going to bully. Maybe all school days need to have an extra period added for a daily group counseling session.

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