October 12, 2012 12:52 pm

RCMP launch full investigation into Amanda Todd’s death

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The Lower Mainland District RCMP say a full investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the October 10th death of Amanda Todd.

Sergeant Peter Thiessen, spokesperson for Lower Mainland District RCMP Regional Police Service, said the BC Coroners Service is also investigating her death.

“Serious crime teams in Coquitlam and Ridge Meadows are working together, conducting interviews and reviewing any potential contributing factors to her death,” said Thiessen.

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He added investigators are also reviewing and actively monitoring social media, and Coquitlam Detachment’s victim services is in contact with Amanda’s family.

“This is a devastating tragedy, which impacts the community as a whole. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of this young person,” said Thiessen.

He said it is too soon for the police to comment on the role bullying could have played in Amanda’s death.

“However, BC RCMP has publically stated in the past that bullying ranks second, behind substance abuse, for youth issues identified as concerns by our detachments,” he added.

The RCMP recommends parents should always try to keep open lines of communication with their children so they are comfortable coming forward if they are being bullied at school.

A number of resources are available to youth and their parents through the www.deal.org website. These include facts on what bullying is, why people bully and who they target and how parents can deal with their child, whether they are being bullied or are the ones doing the bullying. Other recommended resources include www.bullying.org or www.cyberbullying.ca 

The RCMP are asking people with any information related to the Amanda Todd investigation to email them at AmandaTODDinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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