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'Suicide Squad' meme featuring Amanda Todd angers mom
'It’s just another form of victimization,' Todd's mother says
Glenda Luymes, Vancouver Province
First posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 09:50 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, August 08, 2016 10:20 AM EDT
Not much surprises Carol Todd these days.
So when a concerned friend sent her an Internet meme referencing the new Suicide Squad movie that included a photo of her daughter Amanda alongside several high-profile celebrities who have committed suicide, the Port Coquitlam mom wasn’t sure what to feel.
“I don’t want to internalize it,” she said Saturday. “I have to turn this around and create awareness.”
But Todd can’t pretend it doesn’t hurt to see her 15-year-old daughter’s picture surrounded by images of Kurt Cobain, Robin Williams and others beneath the words “Suicide Squad” in lettering similar to the movie posters.
“It’s just another form of victimization,” said Todd, who posted the meme to her own Facebook page (external - login to view) in an effort to create discussion. “It’s out there being shared on social media and we can’t get rid of it, but we can talk about it.”
The Suicide Squad movie hit theatres Friday and is based on a group of DC Comics super villains who are recruited to execute black-ops missions in exchange for leaner prison sentences. While Todd notes the movie doesn’t have much to do with suicide, she still finds it difficult to hear the title.
“For anyone that’s dealt with suicide, the word being used in that context is emotionally tough,” she said.
Since her daughter Amanda’s death in 2012, Todd has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the issue of online bullying. Amanda took her own life after relentless cyberbullying.
A Dutch man, Aydin Cobin, faces five charges, including extortion, possession of child pornography and attempting to lure a child online. In June, a Dutch court approved Cobin’s extradition to Canada, although he won’t be extradited until after a separate criminal trial in the Netherlands on 72 charges of sexual assault and extortion.
Todd said the key to preventing online bullying and harassment is education.
“If parents are seeing these things being shared by their kids, they should talk to them about it,” she said. “We have to be proactive. We can’t stop trying.”
Here is the latest meme circulating because of the movie 'The Suicide Squad'. Who the crap picked a movie title like that!!!! Amanda Todd Legacy - Staying Strong (external - login to view)

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