Who is Amanda Todd?

The answer to that question years from now will probably be, “Who?” Exactly my point.

Amanda Todd was cyber-bullied and blackmailed, and subsequently bullied at her school. She changed schools – and with the miracle of the internet, she was greeted with the same bullying. Just like most bullied kids, she fought with suicidal thoughts. But Amanda succeeded.

Bullyingstatistics.org says: Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it…..Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.

Although every bullying situation is different, there is one common denominator: ORGANIZED HATE.

Most of these bullied kids are not a minority or homosexual like the media lets you believe, neither are they always ‘outsiders’ that bring weapons to schools. They are unobserved and disqualified. They disguise themselves as somewhat normal to ‘fit in’. Their parents tell them to get over it. Ignored. Like me, they were middle class white kids.

Being a bullied kid, I was subjected to always being not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not quite ANYTHING. Suicidal thoughts were NORMAL. Bullied kids plotted their own demise and departure every day.

I can’t articulate well enough just how it feels to be in everyone’s way.

Did you really think that bullied kids had a peaceful sanctuary at home to go to and regroup? Not true. Bullied kids are bullied at home by their siblings, parents, cousins.

Bullies are terrorists.

Bullied kids are scared of everyone and try to trust everyone. I know that sounds contradictory, but being a bullied kid I can tell you that this is true. We want to be accepted, not homecoming queen or king. We want to participate.

Bullying never goes completely away. It finds you at work, with your (ex) spouse, sometimes your own children.

I thank God for many things but I am so glad that I did not grow up in the cyber world. For as bad as I had it when I was a kid, I cannot imagine what it is like to have people know everything in SECONDS over [anti] social media and texting. People love gossip to fulfill their otherwise empty day – but you should know that thousands of kids RIGHT THIS MINUTE are suicidal because of what others say and do. Do they realize the blood on their hands?

Interestingly, my bullied past has somewhat benefitted what I do in our Prolife Ministry. But what I do now precipitates a new kind of bully…one which I encourage because it will cause you to think about the ultimate bully….abortion and abortionists killing innocent LIFE about 4000 time per day in the U.S.

God. Yes, God helped me with my fears and how I was wronged. He is the one that kept me from suicide and a life of being unknown. GOD knows me, since the beginning of the WORLD! I was created in HIS image, not the world’s view. GLORY TO GOD He has set me free from the condemnation that the world gave me through His Son Jesus Christ.

I can’t say it loud enough or often enough…if it were not for the love of GOD I would be dead.

Who is Amanda Todd? I am, and so are millions of others. Words hurt.

8 thoughts on “Who is Amanda Todd?”

  1. It is hard to know what can prevent bullying or what enables some to endure it better, I grew up in a very abusive household and yet people trying to bully me at school didn’t work. They couldn’t do worse than I had already experienced and I guess I had developed enough armor that other kids were just minor aggravations. God bless you!

  2. WOW….yes I understand. I wish I had known the Lord when I was young, it might have lessened the blows. It’s not a wonder that I think the world of homeschooling.

  3. When I was a kid, I dreaded going to school. I would cry because I was so scared. Girls would lock me in the bathroom and beat me up, threaten me, call me names..people called me gay, tramp..all sorts of things..for no reason at all. I wasn’t gay, nor was a tramp..I didn’t do anything. I was nice to everyone..even those who picked on me and tormented me..I was kind to. I would have people just walk up and punch me in the face out of the blue. I know what this poor girl must’ve gone through. I never did think about suicide, but I was very depressed and sick to my stomach every day at the thought of going to school. God bless you for this article.

  4. My opinion of why this happened to us: We were set aside by God to do something for Him and the devil knew it.

  5. My heart truly goes out to every one who has been or who is being bullied. I suspect that people who are bullied (regardless of their age) are usually mild-mannered and appear to be easy targets because they are unwilling to stand up for themselves. The few times I was bullied in school, I was willing to fight back, and the same bully never attacked me twice. Once I became an adult, I usually resisted bullying by using authority figures to handle the issue. Because I have more self-confidence as an adult, I am also willing to speak up or stand up for myself when necessary. While this approach is not a guarantee against bullying, it certainly helps.

  6. To be honest, I was bullied quite a bit as a youngster myself, by both my father and children at school. Fortunately, I never had a tendency toward suicidal thoughts. I was depressed, but it never escalated to that point. I dealt with it through reading, watching TV, tons of daydreaming, and just hanging out with myself. During my early years, I was almost always alone.

    By the time I became a junior in H.S., I was popular. Most girls thought I was good-looking, most guys thought I was tough, and most nerds thought I was a “smart jock.” I played football, baseball, dabbled on the debate team, and excelled in just about every subject.

    School started out like hell but ended up like heaven. And some good did come of all that bullying. The harassment I received from other children made me tough and resilient, while the harassment received from my father made me a conservative! (He was, is, and always will be a liberal. Ugh.)

    I do agree that bullies are terrorists of the soul.

  7. Thanks for sharing – I was always happy that my sons had a great time in school, I protected them like the ‘momma grizzly’ from what I dealt with. They live in MI and I’m from MO so I never quite understood why the people were so different from state to state…Praise God that the fine people from MI treated my kids well.

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