The video for today comes from British Columbia’s ‘Careers Advice for Canadian Girls’ series.
People will be familiar with the oft-quoted anti-RCMP words:
“If Amanda does not stay off the Internet and/or take steps to protect herself online, there is only so much we as the police can do.”
These words have been used to say that the RCMP didn’t care, that they were not fully concerned with the case.
I have recently obtained the full set of emails sent by the RCMP to the Todds from December 2010 onwards, and they show an entirely different state of affairs – one in which the police begged and pleaded with the Todds in order to try and protect Amanda from the consequences of her actions. Short of actually confiscating all of Amanda’s phones and computers, short of actually forcibly preventing Amanda from using social media, short of incarcerating Amanda in hospital (an action taken later on in 2012), there was not much they could do, especially when Carol and Norm took no effective preventative measures at all.
Here is the full email (I posted an extract a couple of days ago) from which the above words were taken. It was sent in October 2011, just before the IWF and Cybertip received warnings from members of the public about Amanda’s behaviour. It clearly shows that Amanda was way out of control, but you can make up your own minds. I have added my own thoughts below the email, and highlighted some things.
To: Todd, Carol; Todd, Norm
Subject: RE: Amanda Todd October 12th 2011
To you both,
After our meeting with Norm yesterday we have been informed steps have been taken to keep Amanda off the Internet while in your homes. At this time Norm has stated that he has taken away Amanda’s internet access as well as her phone. We believe that the photo’s and video that have recently appeared is new material Amanda has posted of herself since last year. We identified twelve Facebook profiles Amanda currently has running. The main account still has 1100 subscribers on it.
Constable Schadeck with our section will be continuing with this investigation. As my colleague and I said yesterday and last week, if Amanda does not stay off the internet and/or take steps to protect herself online there is only so much we as the police can do. Part of this is also attributable to her ability to have access to camera facilities. We suggest that Amanda ceases all further online communication and that she closes down all of her email accounts and her accounts on YouTube and elsewhere.
If Amanda cannot be prevented from further use of the internet we will have to meet again to discuss further action such as temporary protective supervision.
asdfghj, Inspector, RCMP.
Notes: The story goes that the police first arrived in December 2010, and that it was all down to one photo – we’ve heard this many times. Yet this email clearly shows that Amanda’s activities continued. These are not the actions of a young girl scared of predators and blackmailers. Indeed, there is no mention of this in this email – merely the police insistence, quite measured and polite, that Norm and Carol must take action to stop Amanda.
We know that Amanda’s access was taken away. She mentions this in a twitter communication (errrmmmm? lol) around the same time, in which she states that she needs to start gathering followers all over again. Yet it is astonishing that, after the crisis of December 2010, Amanda has managed to maintain 12 Facebook profiles, one of which has 1100 subscribers. I have heard rumours about the ‘new material’ that was used on these profiles (pages, actually) but I have, due to them being rumours only, refrained from publishing what is believed to be one of Amanda’s profile pictures. Also, due to the nature of the pictures she used, it is likely that I would be prosecuted under the new child pornography laws. It has also been rumoured that, as well as posting pictures of a sexual nature, there were also videos of her drinking and smoking weed with her friends. However, we do know that at least one of the videos she posted was a version of the infamous ‘twerking’ one.
It is interesting to note that this email stresses the importance of stopping Amanda, and puts the onus of responsibility, quite rightly, on Carol, Norm and Amanda. Simply put, it implies that the only way to avoid trouble is to stop Amanda doing what she is doing. There is no talk of extortion, stalking, predators – just a controlled plea to get Amanda to stop.
It’s odd, isn’t it? The police desperately pleading for Amanda’s camera activity to be controlled, then we have the story from Carol about how Amanda – in September 2012, almost a year later with her YouTube channel ‘TheSomebodytoknow’ – does a video, of which Carol had no knowledge and about which she so proudly announces ‘she didn’t ask’, and we see Amanda back online on October 3rd, 2012 – obviously filmed in her room and with total unfettered access. Didn’t anybody learn?
We have to realise – if we haven’t already – that we have been lied to by the Press, lied to by the Todds, and we are beginning to be lied to by the RCMP who are between a rock and a hard place – tell the truth and be condemned, not tell the truth and sink deeper and deeper into controversy.
Tomorrow I will explain how messages sent to Carol and Amanda have not only been kept secret, but those that have been publicised have been not only edited, they have been added to in order to provide more shock and horror. This is a terrible, terrible fraud, and it has now crossed borders into Holland. I will be contacting the MLAs yet again and going further in order to get this story investigated.
It’s not over. I wish it was.