A song for Amanda — and against bullying
I am a 14-year-old girl from Kamloops and I became inspired to do more after I saw Premier Christy Clark at We Day and how she spoke about standing up against bullying.
Well, today I am standing up.
I want to do more and I want Amanda Todd to be remembered every day, not just today.
I want bullies to be reminded frequently and I do not want them to escape her message.
Premier Clark has challenged me to stand up.
I am standing up strong and proud for Amanda and for all those who are bullied.
I will not rest and I will be relentless in my pursuit to carry her message.
The Boomtown Rats wrote and produced an epic song about the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children in a school playground at Grover Cleveland elementary in San Diego on Jan. 29, 1979.
That song was written 33 years ago and still remembered today.
I have written and produced a song for the memory of Amanda Todd, which I hope to be played frequently to remind bullies of her tragedy.
The song is sung from the perspective of what I think Amanda must have felt like and the action of taking her life into her own hand.
It ends with questioning the bullies about how they feel.
I used to live in Maple Ridge and the topic is dear to me as it is my old hometown.
I am very passionate about anti-bullying.
My heart goes out to Amanda’s parents and I want them to know she did not die in vain.
I am truly hoping the song will make people think before they ever bully again.
Leah de Zeeuw