Amanda Todd

So I’ve been reading up on her ever since people started talking about her.

Yeah, I know. What the guy did was very, very wrong. You weren’t born to lurk around the Internet and threaten some poor girl with a picture of her breasts unless she gave you a show. And neither was the dude. What her peers did wasn’t right, either. They shouldn’t have bullied her, and they shouldn’t have taken her past against her. What’s past is past. But I think some fault lies with Amanda, too.

Bottom line: she shouldn’t have flashed her breasts. “But she was only seventh grade! She didn’t know any better!” Actually, she did. Unless you want to be a porn star or a prostitute sometime in the near future, you won’t do that, will you? I understand why her peers would see her as a whore, all because of one mistake she made.

But did she really HAVE to sleep with a guy who already had a girlfriend? Love has no bounds, you may say, but it does. As the famous Bible verse says:

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

I don’t know if this makes sense, but this is how I see it. If, by loving someone, you are taking love from someone else, then that’s not love. That’s something else. I don’t know what it is exactly, but… I don’t know. 

But even if your boyfriend slept with someone he wasn’t supposed to sleep with, beating that girl to near death isn’t a good excuse. It’s unjustifiable. Perhaps it’s because I don’t see it firsthand in my school, but I just don’t understand.

Well, I also don’t understand why Amanda Todd’s suicide has attracted and continues to attract so much attention. I get that she was a bullied teen who killed herself (a permanent solution to a temporary problem) but there are so many other people out there like her. There are a lot of teenagers committing suicide because of bullying, and there are even more that are quite close to that point. 

Amanda Todd’s death doesn’t make her an angel or a role model. What happened to her was very unjust, sure. It shouldn’t have happened. But suicide is not a good option to present to kids out there who get bullied every single day.

Why don’t we just stop hating each other? We all make mistakes. We’re all broken parts of a whole. 

Well, anyway, I just hope that wherever Amanda is, she’s finally at peace.

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