Exclusive: Amanda Todd’s father remembers her with tattoo
CTV British Columbia
Published Saturday, November 17, 2012 3:03PM PST
Last Updated Saturday, November 17, 2012 6:22PM PST
As hundreds of people prepare to say farewell to Amanda Todd this weekend, the Port Coquitlam teen’s father hopes to keep her memory alive by getting inked.
But Norman Todd did not get any old tattoo. He got the same one that tattoo parlour Ink ‘n’ Honey created for Amanda before she took her life last month after years of being tormented by bullies. The tattoo is of the words “Stay strong,” followed by a red heart.
The message is one that was close to Amanda’s heart.
“She wanted it to remind her to be strong, actually to have courage,” said Todd in an exclusive interview with CTV.
Todd says the tattoo will be a life-long reminder to stay strong for the daughter who tried to do the same. Yet the teen just couldn’t shake free from her bullies. In her death, Amanda became an icon of the anti-bullying movement, her YouTube plea for help viewed more than six million times worldwide.
Some of Amanda’s ashes were mixed into the tattoo ink.
“I wasn’t so sure about that,” said Todd. “It felt off to me in the beginning and I thought about it for a night, and I thought if I can have a part of her with me, that would be great.”
The public memorial for Amanda will be held on Sunday.
With files from CTV British Columbia’s Michele Brunoro