I don't know the bullies. I have never met them, spoken with them, or even set eyes upon them.
Therefore I know that I have never done anything to them that warrants this unnecessary, excruciating pain they are inflicting on me and the many, many, many people who loved Amanda Todd.
I have known Amanda since she was just her mom's greatest wish and a twinkle in her dad's eye. I excitedly anticipated her arrival with her mom, dad, and brother for the entire nine months. I saw the pride and joy she brought her parents in the early days of her birth.
Together, our families enjoyed play dates and day excursions throughout the Lower Mainland. We celebrated many important milestones and holidays together. We saw Amanda's enthusiasm for life and watched her grow.
The bullies have consciously chosen to condemn and torment Amanda for being human. She made a mistake. The bullies justified their actions and hid behind the fact that she made mistakes. Well, so have they. They have relentlessly, incessantly tormented a young woman who was not a threat to them.
They are far from pure and innocent. Their mistakes are heinous and irrevocable, for even if they were able to get past their egos and become human, Amanda will not come back to us.
I do not wish the bullies' families to suffer the loss of their lives. Their families most likely love them, in spite of their mistakes and flaws.
We loved Amanda just the same!
While the bullies will most likely remain faceless, nameless beings to me, they are not powerful. They do not win. Amanda may be gone, but she will never be forgotten. In fact, she will be loved from now until eternity, more powerfully than the bullies can imagine.
She will be loved more than the haters can hate.
Sheri and Pat Grant, Port Coquitlam