Cops Let Jamey Rodemeyer Bullies Off The Hook

Investigators looking into the bullying surrounding the suicide of  14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer  have announced that they have decided the boy’s death was not a crime.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Rodemeyer was the victim of endless taunting and harassment over his sexuality committed suicide in September.  Just a few days before,  he facebooked a plea for help: “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens..What do I have to do so people will listen to me?”

“Amherst investigators last month sent 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer’s computer and cellphone to a forensics lab to help determine whether the bullying he often talked about before taking his own life Sept. 18 rose to a criminal level. Investigators were looking for evidence that would have supported charges of aggravated harassment or a hate crime.”

“Neither the in-school bullying episodes, one of which involved pushing and an anti-gay remark, nor “insensitive and inappropriate” online comments were found to be prosecutable, Chief of Police John Askey said, in part because the victim is dead and unable to help prove harassment or other charges that might have been filed.”

As John Aravosis points out, “these were the same kids who chanted “better off dead when, at a school dance, shortly after his death, a song was played in Jamey’s honor.”

“She (Jamey’s sister) was having a great time, and all of a sudden a Lady Gaga song came on, and they all started chanting for Jamie, all of his friends,’’ Jamey’s mother, Tracy, told  NBC’s Anne 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.

LGBTQ Nation reported a few days later that, “The (School) district identified a single student believed responsible for the Sept. 22 incident at the homecoming event, and that he has imposed a long-term suspension which was “to the fullest extent allowed by state education law.”

Here is Rodemyer’s sister talking about the incident…

 

 

Rodemyer, who started High School this year, had been a victim of bullying in the past,  but his parents thought it had gotten better.

Aravosis points out that maybe,”we need to take a serious look at what laws are on the books, and at how schools are handling (or not) these incidents before they come to the death of a child.”

To learn more about how you can help prevent school bullying in your school Click HERE.

Please, if you are thinking about taking your own life, take a few minutes and talk it over with someone who understands. You can call the Trevor Project hotline at 1-866-488-7386.

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One Response to Cops Let Jamey Rodemeyer Bullies Off The Hook

  1. Pingback: Update: Rodemeyer Bullies Suspended for a whole FIVE days! « The Idaho Agenda

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