I want to talk about the Amanda Todd story for a little bit. I'm sure you all have heard of it as it's been all over your television screens and newspapers recently. In a nutshell, what happened was that a girl that had been bullied repeatedly put up a video on YouTube a couple months ago telling the world her story. Recently, the bullying got so bad she couldn't take it anymore and decided that not living would be better than the pain that she feels everyday so she committed suicide. If that wasn't tragic enough, I went on YouTube to watch the video and I see MORE hate comments even after her death. The hate comments then erupted onto my twitter and Facebook. Most of them went along the lines of "She brought it upon herself" or "If she wasn't a *expletive*, she would still be alive right now". I didn't know her personally, but I am human enough to respect her and her family. If reading those comments make my heart drop, I can't imagine how her family would feel. It's disgusting, it's as if her being bullied about her mistakes EVERY DAY and eventually committing suicide wasn't enough for people. It's as if they wanted her to suffer more for her mistakes because clearly if they are still bullying her after her passing, they don't think she had actually paid for her mistakes.
With that said, I am also sick of people complaining about how she's getting so much attention when [insert name here] went through the same thing but nobody ever talked about them. Death is not a competition. Stop comparing deaths. Each life has it's own worth and it affects different people. I read a Facebook status the other day about this and I just have to share it.
"Stop comparing suicides. There is nothing you can gain from that. Saying one person WHO KILLED THEMSELF doesn't deserve a facebook page as much as another because "they weren't that innocent" or "they weren't as nice as my friend" is like saying Pol Pot's genocide shouldn't be taught in school because Hitler's was worse.