The mother of a Canada teen whose topless image was splashed online, causing a downward spiral that led to her suicide, was upset after she was excluded from an anti-bullying summit this week, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Amanda Todd’s mother Carol tweeted that organizers with British Columbia’s Ministry of Education intentionally left her out of the ERASE Bullying conference on Tuesday because they “thought [her] presence might upset some of the students present.
“That’s the perception I got,” she tweeted. “It is a shame that I was excluded…is that (a) form of bullying?”
Experts suggested the grieving mother’s presence could upset some of the youth at the event, Education official Don McRae explained of the snub.
“The risk for unintended consequence was there,” McRae told 24 Hours Vancouver. “As Minister of Education and as a parent, I just couldn’t live with myself if there was unintended consequences.”
As we previously reported, prior to Amanda’s September suicide, the 15-year-old tenth grader at Coquitlam Basic Alternative Education school posted a nine-minute YouTube video addressing her fragile state. In it, through a series of flashcards, she admitted she’d previously tried to kill herself, was on anti-depressant medication, and felt deep and vivid feelings of loneliness and abandonment.
She said she was she was with abused by online bullies after an incident in which she flashed her breasts on a webcam, writing, “I can never get that photo back.”
After Amanda changed schools to escape the stigma of the online incident, another one occurred in which she was dating a man who had a girlfriend, only to be publicly beaten.