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Remembering young Canadians who suffered bullying

Tragic outcomes followed cyberbullying, unrelenting harassment

Last Updated: Sept. 26, 2013

Fifteen-year-old Todd Loik, of North Battelford, Sask., took his life in September 2013 after suffering years of cyberbullying. Sadly, Loik's case follows other similar tragic deaths of Canadian teens who took their lives after suffering bullying.

Here is a remembrance of some of the young Canadians lost recently. Select the names below the images to read more about each person.

Todd Loik

Todd Loik, of North Battleford, Sask., took his life in September 2013, just two weeks before his 16th birthday. Loik's mother, Kim Loik, said her son was the victim of cyberbullying.

Loik had ambitions to become a welder and loved shop class. He also aspired to own a classic Buick Skylark and was eager to take his driver's test.

Before his death, Loik spent a week camping in the Rocky Mountains with his cousins. "He had a little bit of peace and came home and he was smiling and happy," Kim Loik said.

Todd Loik and his mother at a family wedding. (Courtesy of Kim Loik)

Rehtaeh Parsons

Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons was taken off life support following a suicide attempt in April 2013. According to Parsons's parents, four boys sexually assaulted Rehtaeh at a party two years earlier when she was 15 years old. She was then harassed at school after photos of the attack circulated online.

At her funeral, Parsons was remembered as an empathetic teen. Rev. John Morrell told the congregation of how she protectively moved worms from the sidewalk to the grass and also of how she wrapped a dying rat in her sweater.

(Facebook memorial group)

Amanda Todd

B.C. teen Amanda Todd, 15, committed suicide in October 2012. Todd posted a video on YouTube a month earlier, telling how she suffered bullying and attacks at school. An unknown man had convinced Todd to expose herself online during a webchat. He then blackmailed her and circulated the photos. Todd changed schools but the bullying continued.

Todd was musical and loved singing and playing the piano. She also liked to skate and go dirt-biking with her family. Her mother called her daughter "Princess Snowflake" and described her as an "ever-spirited child."

(Family handout/Canadian Press)

Jamie Hubley

Jamie Hubley took his life in 2011 at the age of 15. Hubley, the son of Ottawa city councilor Allan Hubley, suffered with depression. The openly gay teen was also bullied at school.

Hubley was a championship figure skater and loved to sing. He was remembered as an exceptionally kind and generous person at his funeral.

Jamie Hubley, right, and his father, Ottawa city councillor Allan Hubley. (Family handout/Canadian Press)

Mitchell Wilson

Mitchell Wilson took his life in September 2011 at the age of 11. Wilson, who had muscular dystrophy, was bullied at school. Wilson alleged an older boy had robbed him of his iPhone. The boy was later found not guilty of the charges of assault and robbery.

Wilson loved swimming and go-karting. He also had to walk laps around his home, under doctors orders to prevent atrophy of his muscles.

(Family handout)


 

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