I’m going to take a few minutes to commemorate someone I never knew, and now will never get the opportunity of knowing because of a series of events that took place in my own country, in the province of BC.
It truly sickens me how teens struggle with a silent anger and resentment day after day and fear their own lives because of bullying. Someone should never have the overwhelming fear to leave their own house, to socialize or to go on the web without seeing harassing messages about their lives being put in danger. I can only ask myself one question when I see news like this swarm the media; what is wrong with our society? How many more posts of suicide will it take for this to eventually stop?
We hear about these stories and for a few moments we are overwhelmed with sadness, the bullies pretend like they knew the person and as though they are innocent in something they could have easily stopped, but continued on with. How many more teens committing suicide will it take for us to end this? For us to finally say “enough is enough”
I believe that there is some good in every person, but that good can easily be destroyed with evil that lies within us. Every person is capable of unspeakable things, but it takes a truly strong person to be a good person throughout their life. Yes, we all make mistakes. But bullying is something that is so easily prevented and not necessary in our society but it is still happening, day after day.
Something so chilling as this story among others makes me want to do everything I can or in my power to do to stop this. Prevention is within us, let’s take a stand and end this for good. The time is now, and there is no time like the present.
RIP Amanda Todd, someone I never got the chance to meet but you will be missed. I think I can say the same for most people when I say I hope you are in a better place now, we just wish that better place could have been down here.