Amanda's death [Teen death sparks talk, Oct. 16, TIMES] could perhaps cause something effective to be done to avoid such awful tragedies in future.
I do hope that is not a forlorn hope. Somehow this awful nonsense must be stopped. One can only imagine the terrible pain it has caused her parents.
We too lost a beloved daughter, an ongoing unkindness was her unfortunate lot in life. It certainly did not go unnoticed. Perhaps Amanda would not fight for herself, so you could say she was too vulnerable, which made her an easy target. And young people can be so incredibly and mindlessly cruel.
Until such time, if ever, when they suffer some really hurtful event themselves, they cannot understand the meaning of empathy. Empathy can perhaps come into being only after some really, hurtful happening.
My heart goes out to Amanda's family who has been so cruelly hurt. Those responsible should be so ashamed. If not now, then let us hope they are stuck with a lingering sense of guilt.
Robert W. Stirling, Maple Ridge