Gay Teen Bullying Collects Another Suicide

It is simply heartbreaking to watch Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year old from Buffalo, use a video to share his message of strength to other gay teens. This video was recorded five months ago and now Jamey is dead, unable to take his own advice in the face of relentless abuse from classmates.

“JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!”

I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it. It would make everyone WAY more happier!”

Those are just a few of the statements made online to Jamey. Imagine what was said to him in person as he walked the halls or sat in class. It’s probably not hard to imagine because many readers would have heard that sort of thing.

This is a massive problem. It saddens me to think that people who abuse animals are treated with more disdain than those who abuse teens who are minding their own business.

It is time for bystanders to do something. Anything.

Jamey needed a hero. There’s a kid in your school who needs a hero. Do something before you don’t have the option any more.

Link: Dangerous Minds

2 Responses to Gay Teen Bullying Collects Another Suicide

  1. Jefferson Craib October 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    First time here. Nice blog and super post. Well done.

  2. Claudia St. Amour October 5, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Dear Matt,

    Your thoughts on anit-bullying are right-on. Creating a culture of caring, empathy and mutual respect is what will cause an end to bullying. When we try to embed the education of one’s character into our school communities, that is precisely what we are trying to do. Thank you for being a strong voice for creating caring communities.

    Claudia St. Amour