Amanda Todd was a beautiful 15-year-old, who after years of enduring cyberbullying and real-life life bullying, took her own life on Oct.10, 2012. One month prior to her suicide, Amanda posted a chilling video on YouTube to share her cyberbullying experience. Today, March 10, Yareah Magazine shared the news of renowned American artist Michael Bell honoring Amanda Todd in a short film and an original portrait.
Bell was deeply touched after hearing about Amanda’s life and death. Working through his emotions, he began painting a portrait of Amanda Todd.
Bell shared the Amanda Todd YouTube video and his unfinished portrait of the teen with his Drawing and Photography class at Southern High School in Harwood, Md. They too were moved and shared in Bell’s need to “do something.”
Before Michael Bell knew it, there were five people painting it at once.
“After school that day, everyone in his school wanted to help, and his National Art Honor Society Officers all volunteered to pitch in and make it a collaboration piece of tens of purple hands signing against the injustice of Amanda death but in favor of showing that our mankind can be good too and can be solidarity.”
The group’s goal was to keep Amanda Todd’s memory alive, for themselves, and for Amanda’s family.
Amanda’s mom, Carol Todd, said: “I have lost one child, but know she wanted her story to save 1,000 more.”
See the short film honoring Amanda Todd and portrait of Amanda Todd by Michael Bell accompanying this article.
Rest in peace Amanda Todd.
- Amanda Todd being remembered around the world tonight (Video)
- Amanda Todd’s mom reflects upon recent cyberbullying survey (Photos)
- Amanda Todd still being bullied after her death (Photos)
- Bullied teen posts eerie YouTube video shortly before her suicide (Video)
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