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A Short Life

This article is one in a series discussing bullying issues through artwork and words, through the eyes of a student.
This artwork was created at the Cook Arts Center as part of a special project surrounding the topic of bullying.

This artwork was created at the Cook Arts Center as part of a special project surrounding the topic of bullying. /Cook Arts Center

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The series and assignment

This article is one in a series created by students in Mr. Alex Escamilla's journalism class at Southwest Community Campus. Students were asked to complete artwork and write an article regarding bullying issues in Grand Rapids, and America as a whole. Students worked with artist Reyna Garcia and Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities to complete artwork to express their thoughts about bullying.

A Short Life

Fifteen year old Amanda Todd lived a short life. Her death was caused by bullying. She was harshly bullied and the result of that was her committing suicide.

One day Amanda decided to video chat with new people as well as old friends. A group of people and Amanda had been video chatting for a while when they began to call her beautiful, gorgeous and many more things. Then they asked her to flash. Thinking it was nothing, she did. Amanda never thought about what might happen afterwards.

A few weeks after that day, she received a message on Facebook that read, “Give me a show or I’ll send a picture of your breast!” She hadn’t even known the guy. She thought maybe it was some guy being funny, so she ignored it.

In the morning, there was a knock at her door from the police. The police calmly explained how a picture of Amanda’s breasts was sent to many people around the world. Amanda could do nothing but cry after hearing the bad news.

When she had returned to school, everyone began to bully her and make fun of her because of the bad choice she made. It began to get so bad that she couldn’t take it anymore…

By: Rayanna W.

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