14-year-old writes song to help end bullying
Editor: I am a 14-year-old girl from Kamloops. I became inspired to do more after I saw Premier Christy Clark at We Day and how she spoke about standing up against bullying.
I am standing up. I want to do more and I want Amanda Todd to be remembered every day, not just today. I want bullies to be reminded frequently, and I do not want them to escape her message.
Clark has challenged me to stand up.Well I am standing up strong and proud for Amanda, and for all those that are bullied. I will not rest and I will be relentless in my pursuit to carry her message.
The Boomtown Rats wrote and produced an epic song about the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children in a school playground at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California on Jan. 29, 1979.
That song was written over 33 years ago, and today it is still remembered. I have written and produced a song in memory of Amanda Todd, which I hope will be played frequently to remind bullies of her tragedy.
I was hoping that you would review it and comment about it in the news to spread the message about bullying. My youtube link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn9NaB43C8A.
The song is sung from what I think Amanda must have felt like, and why she took her life into her own hands. It ends by questioning the bullies about how they feel.
I used to live in Maple Ridge and the topic is dear to me, as it is my old home town. I am very passionate about anti-bullying and really hope that you will comment on this song for Amanda and her parents.
My heart goes out to Amanda’s parents and I want them to know that she did not die in vain. I am truly hoping the song will make people think before they ever bully again.
Leah de Zeeuw,
Editor’s note — The video is on The Times website, attached to this letter. Readers who are interested in the bullying issue are invited to view it and check out Leah’s song.