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Amanda Todd, better known online as TheSomebodytoknow, was a Canadian YouTuber who killed herself after being bullied and harassed for two years.

Death

In 2009, Amanda created an account on BlogTV. Later, during winter break of 2010, Amanda went on her account and flashed her breasts in front of her viewers. An adult saw her flash and snapped a picture. On December 24, 2010, Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, got a warning on FaceBook that Amanda was now being blackmailed into giving more nude pictures.

In Spring of 2011, Amanda was warned by her blackmailer that he would post the image of her flashing, if she didn’t “put on a show for him.” In early autumn of 2011, Amanda’s school was alerted of Amanda being blackmailed. In October of 2011, Amanda got yet another blackmail threat.

On September 6, 2012, Amanda created her YouTube account, TheSomebodytoknow. The next day, on September 7, 2012, Amanda uploaded a video called My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm. In this video, she told the story of her bullying. On October 3, 2012, Amanda uploaded a more light hearted video called Cover of Outside Looking In by Jordan Pruitt.

On October 10, 2012, Amanda Todd killed herself by hanging herself.

Posthumous Events

Tributes

In response to her suicide, many YouTubers including but not limited to MrRepzion, Boogie2988, and Undertakerfreak1127 made videos condemning bullying. Amanda’s mother created an anti-bullying charity called the Amanda Todd Legacy Society. And on October 19, 2012, more then 600 people lit candles to remember Amanda. On November 18, 2012, people gathered to say farewell to Amanda. There, her mother said “[She left] a larger-than-life message that has sparked the world and has made it open its eyes, its ears and its hearts.” In July of 2013, Amanda’s school and two other schools raised money to build a bench dedicated to Amanda.


Legal Repsonse

On November 20, 2013, a federal anti-cyber bullying bill was passed by the Canadian government.

On January 24, 2017, the Dutch government found out that a Dutch-Turkish man named Aydin Coban was likely the perpetrator. In March of 2017, Aydin was found guilty and got 10 years in prison.

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