The type of nasty online comments that are believed to have played a role in the 15-year-old's suicide on Wednesday are now appearing on social media pages set up to pay tribute to the troubled girl.
As reported by Digital Journal, Amanda was found dead in her Port Coquitlam, B.C. home last Wednesday evening. Her death was later ruled a suicide. For the past two years, Amanda had been not only been bullied online but in real life; after changing schools in an attempt to evade her tormentors, she was beaten by a group of students in front of her new school.
Amanda's death came about five weeks after she posted a video online describing what happened to her since she was a Grade 8 student. On Friday, news of her death received wide media coverage around the world. And the video she uploaded on YouTube went viral.
As is common in these times, several tribute and memorial sites were set up on Facebook and other social media sites. The girl who had told the world in her video, "I have nobody. I need someone," had the support in death she never believed she had in life.
The Toronto Star reports that two "R.I.P. Amanda Todd" pages have been set up on Facebook and as of last night they garnered almost a million "likes." But not everyone was felt sympathy towards the girl who had been bullied and cyberbullied. Some comments mirrored the online comments Amanda had been subjected to during the last two years of her life.
One post showed the silhouette of a body, accompanied by the word "Todding." Other posters reflected the view that since she willingly exposed her breasts on a webcam, she got what she deserved. The topless photo of Amanda was also posted on some of the social media sites.
The Vancouver Sun reports someone posted a picture of a bottle of bleach, accompanied by the words, "it's to die for." After Amanda was beaten outside her new school, she had tried to kill herself by drinking bleach. Another poster uploaded a picture of a girl hanging by the neck.
One poster who identified himself as Mike Mace, a member of the Canadian military, wrote that the bully cannot be blamed because Amanda was willing to pose topless and give him her personal information. The Canadian Forces acknowledge there is a member in the junior reserves by that name and that members of the military have to follow a strict code of conduct while on duty. The matter will be investigated to determine if discipline is warranted.
CTV News reports someone who described herself as a classmate of Amanda's wrote, "I'm so happy she's dead now."
On Friday afternoon, after extensive media coverage of Amanda's life and death, the RCMP announced they were going to conduct a "full investigation." Police are following the negative comments and pictures posted to social media sites. RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen is quoted in the Toronto Star as saying, " It's really a matter of those who are involved in it to realize the impact of what they are doing and that they are bordering on criminal acts. If we get that type of evidence then we would be quick to lay a charge."
On Friday, the RCMP asked for information from the public and created a dedicated email account: AmandaTODDinfo@rcmp-grc-gc.ca. So far they have received over 400 tips from all over the world.