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article imageSaskatchewan mom says bullying caused her son's suicide

By Arthur Weinreb     Sep 26, 2013 in World
North Battleford - Todd Loik took his own life after years of being bullied, more recently on the Internet. He died just days before his 16th birthday.
Kim Loik, Todd's mother, has decided to speak out. She had always told Todd to ignore the bullying and the taunts he was receiving. The cyberbullying of the teen was carried out on Facebook and by messages sent to him via text.
On Sept. 8, he told his mom he received another taunt. As she had done in the past, she told him just to ignore it. She said, "I told him just to go to bed and not worry about it."
The next morning, she found the Grade 10 student's body in the family's home. He had taken his own life.
Kim Loik told CBC News the bullying began years ago on the playground and he was subjected to constant cyberbullying for the past two years. Initially, Todd would show her the text messages and Facebook posts but then stopped because of the obscenity and "nastiness" contained in them. "It was non-stop taunting," she said of the cyberbullying.
The family was originally from Edmonton. Loik told CTV News, the family was planning to move back to Edmonton from North Battleford because of the treatment Todd had endured. The 15-year-old was looking forward to the move.
After Todd's death, his older brother Ryan wrote on Facebook, "This tragedy had no warning and it has really angered me at how some people can pick on a person so much that that person feels like taking there (sic) life is the only way out. I was the one who got in the bullies face and who tried to stop it but the fight was a (sic) endless one."
Kim has been in touch with Carol Todd, the mother of Amanda Todd who killed herself last year after being bullied, assaulted, and extorted. Prior to her death, Amanda uploaded a video on YouTube, explaining the bullying she was forced to endure.
Carol Todd put Kim in touch with a group that managed to extract the messages from Todd's computer and phone. Said Kim, "They have pages and pages of taunts and abuse. They were the nastiest things I've ever heard. I can't even repeat—some of the things were just disgusting."
Kim does not know why her son was mercilessly bullied and said all he ever wanted to do is fit in.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall expressed his condolences to the family and said the province will be looking into anti-bullying measures including a way for victims of bullying to report it online.
The RCMP are investigating Todd's death and Loik wants charges brought against the bullies who are known to her. She is also calling on the federal government to pass anti-bullying legislation.
Other politicians, including federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, expressed their condolences on Twitter.
A Facebook page, "Todd Loik's Safe Haven," has been set up in memory of Todd.
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