Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jamey Rodemeyer Funeral Attracts 500 Supporters

Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-​year old Buffalo-​area teen who died by suicide one week ago, was laid to rest Saturday. More than 500 mourners attended the funeral in Williamsville, New York, many of them strangers. Dozens more drove by with signs of support for the teen who was bullied online and at school for years, and had recorded an It Gets Better video.

Police have begun a criminal investigation into Rodemeyer’s death. Local authorities say that while New York does not have anti-​bullying laws, there are other avenues, such as harassment, aggravated harassment, cyber-​harassment or hate crimes laws that may apply. Reports state there are several individuals in particular that authorities are investigating.

Some of Rodemeyer’s bullies tormented him with anonymous comments online, like, “Kill your self!!!! You have nothing left!,” “Listen to us, you’re a bad person, you don’t belong here, jump off a bridge or something!,” “Go kill yourself, you’re worthless, ugly and dont have a point to live,” and “JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!”

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