About 150 people came out to Beacon Hill Park Friday evening to light candles, talk about bullying and pay homage to Amanda Todd.
Amanda, a 15-year-old girl from Coquitlam, killed herself on Oct. 10 following years of being stalked online, tormented and bullied emotionally and physically.
Weeks prior to her death, she posted a YouTube video telling her story.
Her death has sparked a nationwide discussion on bullying and the impact it has on its victims. It also prompted vigils for Amanda, similar to Victorias, in more than 40 cities in Canada and around the world.
As darkness fell, people gathered near the trunk of a large maple across from the Beacon Hill petting zoo.
Candles flickered in glass holders on the ground, illuminating photos of Amandas young face.
Organizer Vanessa Downie was pleased with the turnout but added it will never be enough until bullying stops.
Its not acceptable. Its hurting the people who we need to protect the most theyre our future and theyre innocent.
Justin Green came to the event to stand up against bullying.
I have a young daughter and shes been bullied a little bit in school, said Green.
He said the story of Amanda Todd is sad, for someone to be so young and so troubled. Maybe the helps not there, but it should be.
I hope this helps bring some attention, get the government going and helping.
Doreen Johnson said the issue of bullying has her being careful of what she says and how she says it.
Sometimes youre sarcastic or whatever and you dont realize youve hurt somebody, said Johnson.
Dorothy Kennedy said she has been bullied.
You lose all self-esteem, it makes you feel worthless, said Kennedy.
It is the most devastating experience I think an individual can go through and it takes a long, long time to come to terms with it because you feel so alone, she said.
Kennedy identified with Amanda and was saddened at her death.
Im heartened to see that people have come out tonight to support the issue and show that people do care and are going to stand up for those who are bullied, said Kennedy.
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