Jamey

Bullying Her Brother to Death Wasn’t Enough!

“We’re Glad You’re Dead!”

Posted by on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Bullying the kid to death wasn’t enough:

The parents of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who was found dead at their home on Sept. 18, indicated in an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry on Tuesday that their daughter endured further taunts at a school function immediately after Jamey’s wake. At a homecoming dance she attended shortly after her brother’s death, a potentially poignant moment turned ugly after a song by Lady Gaga, Jamey’s favorite artist, who recently dedicated a song at a concert in his memory.

“She was having a great time, and all of a sudden a Lady Gaga song came on, and they all started chanting for Jamey, all of his friends,” Jamey’s mother, Tracy, told Curry. “Then the bullies that put him into this situation started chanting, ‘You’re better off dead!’ and ‘We’re glad you’re dead!’ and things like that. My daughter came home all upset. It was supposed to be a time for her to grieve and have fun with her friends, and it turned into bullying even after he’s gone.”

“I can’t grasp it in my mind,” said Tim Rodemeyer, Jamey’s father. “I don’t know why anyone would do that. They have no heart, that’s basically what it comes down to.”

Oh, they have hearts—they have the same hearts that Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher, and Rick Santorum all have. Their hearts are vicious, hateful, cruel, tiny, and black. But they’re in there somewhere.

“WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO SO PEOPLE WILL LISTEN TO ME?” 14 Year old boy kills himself

It’s still going on folks…… Kids who are “different” are being treated like crap and are through the kind personal anguish that most adults couldn’t handle.

Here’s a thought:  Maybe it’s time we stop calling all those groups who say they are good Christians promoting family values and identify them for who they really are: ignorant, dangerous bigots.

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Reprinted from the Mailonline.com

By Rachel Quigley

A 14-year-old boy who blogged about being suicidal due to being incessantly bullied at school has been found dead outside his home in an apparent suicide.

Jamey Rodemeyer, from Buffalo, New York, cried for help online for months before his death and his family and friends said suicide was a popular topic with him.

He regularly posted about being bullied at school and how people would launch gay insults at him.

Tragic: Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, from Buffalo took his own life after being taunted at school for being gayTragic: Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, from Buffalo took his own life after being taunted at school for being gay

But what was worse for Jamey, was that when he wrote of his pain and frustrations and cried for help in his blog postings, students at his school started to bully him online.

About 12 months ago on his Formspring account – which permits anonymous posts – other students started making gay references towards him.

‘JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!’ read one post.

Another read: ‘I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier!’

On September 9, Jamey wrote on his Tumblr site: ‘I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?’

The day before he wrote: ‘No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you’re the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me down.’

He put up a separate post that day letting everyone know it was National Suicide Prevention Week.

But still no one listened.

Fan: Jamey loved Lady Gaga and left a thank you to her as one of his last postings before he diedFan: Jamey loved Lady Gaga and left a thank you to her as one of his last postings before he died

Scene: Jamey is the second student at Williamsville North High School to commit suicide in the last two yearsScene: Jamey is the second student at Williamsville North High School to commit suicide in the last two years

On Saturday night he posted a lyric from Lady Gaga’s song The Queen on his Facebook page which said: ‘Don’t forget me when I come crying to heaven’s door.’

On 1.30am on Sunday morning, he left two final messages on one of his blogs saying he was looking forward to seeing his great grandmother, who recently died, and one as a tribute to Lady Gaga, thanking her.

‘He was the sweetest, kindest kid you’d ever know. He would give all his heart to you before he gave any to himself’

His mother Tracy Rodemeyer , told Buffalo News: ‘He touched so many hearts, so many people. I didn’t realize how many people he touched.

‘He was the sweetest, kindest kid you’d ever know. He would give all his heart to you before he gave any to himself.’

She said that her son had been questioning his sexuality over the last year and that his fellow students picked up on it and used it to taunt and bully him.

Warning: Jamey's Facebook post citing Lady Gaga lyricsWarning: Jamey’s Facebook post citing Lady Gaga lyrics

Friends of the 14-year-old reported the message posts to the school guidance counsellors, she said, but by then it may already have been too late.

‘He was totally against bullying. He has had issues since fifth grade. He had suicidal tendencies back then,’ she told Buffalo News.

Dead: Joe Chearmonte also committed suicide when he was a student at Williamsville North High SchoolDead: Joe Chearmonte also committed suicide when he was a student at Williamsville North High School

She said she tried to talk to him on numerous occasions and asked him to talk to her about what was wrong, but he assured her that he was OK.

Last weekend the family went to a camping spot they would frequently go to and she said he seemed really happy.

Mrs Rodemeyer said: ‘He used to cry about the taunts from his peers but they didn’t seem to phase him this time. Lately, he’s been blowing them off, or at least we thought he was.’

Olivia Rinaldo, an eighth-grader at Heim Middle School, said she was drawn to his outwardly upbeat and extroverted personality. He made friends of the friendless, she said.

‘He was always putting people first. He always wanted other people to smile, even on the worst of his days.’

She said even though he was seeing a social worker and a therapist, not enough was done to help him.

A letter was sent home to students on Monday morning informing them that he was dead.

Dale Bauer, a licensed school social worker and clinical social worker at North, said: ‘We make it apparent to the kids that there’s help all day long and in the days to come.’

Jamey was a new student at Williamsville North High School and the student known to have committed suicide there since 2010. Joe Chearmonte, a junior honor student, died in February of last year.