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Cyberbullying and Suicide

Bullying is a distressing fact of life for many children and teenagers. When bullying goes online, some victims see no other way out than suicide.

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The case of Amanda Todd is making international headlines. The fifteen-year-old schoolgirl from Canada became a target after a topless photograph of her circulated on the Internet. For years afterward, she found herself teased, bullied and ridiculed without mercy. Todd suffered severe depression and tried to escape her tormentors by switching schools. Eventually, she committed suicide. She is not alone in this tragedy — more and more young people are committing suicide as a result of cyberbullying. In Germany, experts say that one in five young people have experienced cyberbullying — either as a victim or a perpetrator.