If you’re not familiar with Amanda Todd and her story, take a look at the following video:
I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although im sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyones future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I? (AmandaTodd, YouTube)
The tragedy of this story doesn’t end with the video. Todd’s not still here. Last Wednesday, approximately a month after the video was posted–September 7, 2012–Todd was found dead following an apparent suicide.
And yet the bullying still hasn’t ended for this young girl. Even after her death, some of the comments on the many copies of her video are so vile and mean. Where’s the compassion? Todd made some mistakes in her life, but they were not deserving of the hatred she received. We all make mistakes. But no matter the mistake, should we all be vilified for the rest of our lives? Should we be treated so mercilessly?
What a sad world we live in, where people will be so hateful and unfeeling; where girls will offer themselves up for the attention they feel is lacking; and where boys will be driven by perversion, no matter what it entails or who it hurts. I wrote a post on “Why We Need Christ Now More Than Ever,” and I believe this story is a huge indication this is true. Had all the people who were directly involved in Todd’s pain welcomed Christ sincerely into their hearts, would they have been so quick to relish in her hurt? Absolutely not!
Ladies, let Todd’s story not go unnoticed. She had the courage to share it and so I urge you to take note of it. Let her story be a lesson to all young girls regarding the dangers of social media. Be careful what you share online.
I also offer prayers to Todd’s family. To us she was a face on YouTube, but to her parents, she was a daughter. She may have also been a sister and a grandchild. To those who loved and lost her, I pray that God comforts them and eases their sorrow.
PI ladies, I pray too that you don’t become a person hidden in the crowd of hostility. There are millions of Amanda Todds out there. I pray you stand up and be the person who reaches out, protects, supports, defends and befriends. I urge you to be the person Todd needed. Is that not what Christ would want us to do?