In life, Amanda Todd feared she was all alone. In death, she has captured the attention of people from around the world, focusing a spotlight on the plight of those who continue to face down the torments of bullies.
The RCMP announced Saturday that more than 400 tips from around the globe have poured into an e-mail account, set up after the apparent suicide of the 15-year-old Port Coquitlam, B.C. teen.
Meantime, media from around the world, including online publications in England, the United States, Australia and Asia, have picked up the tragic tale.
“At this point, we’ve got upwards of 20 to 25 full-time investigators that are working on this to try to gain enough information and enough evidence to potentially lay charges against any individual or individuals that may have played a role here in some way,” said Sgt. Peter Thiessen.
At the beginning of September, Todd posted a nine-minute video on YouTube, and through hand-written notes, she explained what happened after she exposed her breasts on a webcam to an unidentified man.
The images ended up being sent to family and friends, and she described how she suffered anxiety, major depression and turned to drugs and alcohol and even tried to kill herself twice.
The video ends with her note: “I have nobody. I need someone.”
The B.C. Coroners Service has said preliminary indications suggest Todd took her own life last Wednesday.
On Friday, the RCMP set up an e-mail account so people could submit tips – amandaTODDinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
Investigators are prioritizing the tips they have received so far to determine which ones need to be acted on first, said Sgt. Thiessen. He said police are also asking individuals to stop posting inappropriate and hurtful comments and images online that continue to re-victimize the Todd family and others. He said police are even getting complaints from young girls and adults because of those images.
“They’re being impacted by it and they’re quite emotional discussions that we’re having from these people that are calling us,” he said.
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