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NY Police Will Open A Criminal Investigation Into Bullying Following Jamey Rodemeyer's Suicide

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Good. Someone needs to be held accountable for this. A beautiful boy has left this world for no other reason than the ignorance of others. It must be stopped.

The Amherst Police Department's Special Victims Unit announced Thursday that they will be opening a criminal investigation into the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer. Jamey was bullied online and at school for over a year and his torment ultimately led him to take his own life.

The SVU cops released a statement revealing they will be looking into pressing charges against Jamey's fellow students, including charges of harassment, cyber-harassment or hate crimes.

Bringing these kids to justice won't being Jamey back, but maybe it will send a message to other bullies in the world that there are consequences to the use of hateful words. That is, if the death of this poor boy wasn't motivation enough to stop the tormenting.

Bullying is violence. Let's bring it to an end.

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49 comments to “NY Police Will Open A Criminal Investigation Into Bullying Following Jamey Rodemeyer's Suicide”



  1. 1

    ""Bullying is violence. Let's bring it to an end. "" A bully wanting to end bullying.
    Maybe they should investigate your part in Brittany Murphy's death FatBoy.

    Now that thats out of the way charging kids with a crime is not the answer. They did not take his life, he did.



  2. 2

    @ Fergie_Beat_Mario's_Ass … you are such a fucking stupid dumb ass! Brittany Murphy didn't commit suicide, She died from cardiac arrest (heart attack) possibly due to drugs! They said it could have been possibly been suicide, but they NEVER passed it as a suicide… that bitch just like Paris hilton and Lindsay lohan were all coke heads …. see? So Perez can't be accountable for her death for bashing her on his site, because she didn't commit suicide!…..So get your shit together before you try to come on here thinking your looking bad ass by "telling perez off" …..fucking Idiot!



  3. 3

    ummm why is he a "Beautiful little boy" is cuz he is Gay? i dont agree with bullying but nobody but the boy himself and or his parents should held accountable. people who take there own life should not be on the news. especially in a way this site is portraying it. ESPECIALLY when his first line is "Things get better".

    i do feeel bad for his family and i feel bad that bullying drove him to suicide. but he is getting notoriety because he did kill himself. being bullied cuz you are gay is not different than being bullied arab america, african american, jewish, obese, or handicapped. you are publicizing a suicide…..now whoever is being bullied and is gay is going to kill him/herself because of the attention they would bring toward the situation.

    good job

    PS: How the F is this under "Inspiration"? dear everyone getting bullied:DONT FUCKING KILL YOURSELF! GET HELP, CALL THE POLICE, GOTO THE PRINCIPLE, TELL YOUR PARENTS!!!!! DONT KILL YOURSELF



  4. 4

    I hate to say this but does this have a Columbine shooting aftermath feel. After Columbine shootings copycat shooting happened. I have a feeling that he committed suicide because of the publicity surrounding gay bullying not just because of the bullying itself.



  5. 5

    I feel like you only care because he's gay, and not because of the person he is. He seems sweet but if he was straight and bullied… would you even post about it? I was all for everything you had to say before when it felt like you were standing for a cause. BUT PEREZ WAKE UP: you're the biggest bully in America! And just because you say nice things about gay people (despite the fact they're just like everyone else and could be terrible people or great) doesn't mean you're a righteous people stopping the hate. You're spreading it.



  6. 6

    This is so stupid… "Someone needs to be held accountable for this.." Um well the person responsible for this is the same one as the victim. He killed himself, him and only him are solely responsible for his death.



  7. 7

    ignorant fucks….not everyone is wired the same way, not everyone is as tough and secure as some of you. Get off the "he did it himself" bandwagon as though cruelty should be accepted….it never should. And as far as perez being a bully, yes he was, be thankful that he has changed his ways…….if someone learns and tries to change their ways you shouldn't be banging on about what he was…we all stuff up and what matters is if we learn and try to change which he is obviously doing. And who cares if he is only on this story because the kid was gay…….everyone feels more for someone they can relate to. It's human nature. I swear, there are so many cold hearted s o b's here that point the finger at everyone else.



  8. 8

    Re Dee Tee'z — I guess you are the fucking Dumb Ass. I didnt say she did. She was ill but afraid to go to the doctor because she would be seen by the paps and ass hole bloggers like FatBoy would make up lies about her. In other words she was bullied and it caused her death. Same with Corey Haim.



  9. 9

    Re: mama maria – Everybody was a bully at some point or talked behind people's back. Hypocrites think that kids should be criminals for this stuff. People eventually get over bad words but what he did to his parents and friends is permanent.



  10. 10

    People do not kill themselves for attention. That is ignorant and flippant. No one will ever be able to understand what goes on inside someone's head that leads them to suicide. But from my experience when you are bullied and made to feel worthless because of who you are you start to feel like you are in a black hole. And as irrational as it is, you feel like you are NEVER going to be able to get out of this black hole. I was bullied mercilessly, beat up, SPIT on everyday and I did not believe I was going to make it to my sixteenth birthday. But I found people who loved me for who I was and they saved me.
    We have to take care of all victims of bullying. Including the gay ones. The world can be a really cruel place and we MUST take care of our children.



  11. 11

    yes of course you would know…all hollywood stars will die from treatable illness because they don't want perez to know they went to the doctor.



  12. 12

    Re: mickehughes – Saying that people don't commit suicide for attention is like saying that people don't commit suicide because they are being bullied. This kid posted all these vblogs and was paying attention to how much attention gay teens that commit suicide get.



  13. 13

    Re: mama maria – Perez stopped being a blatant insecure scumbag AFTER he became the leader of the blog world. After he was set for life. He's still a scumbag. He doesn't write 95% of this stuff. The only thing he does is take payoffs from the entertainers to promote them and to slander the competition of whoever is paying him. He places ads on public domain pieces. Half the entries on this site are to promote his halfassed other sites. Perez will never change. He's still the same, insecure scumbag that he's always been and will only jump on the "decent" bandwagon when it translates into him feeding his bank account.



  14. 14

    and get talking to real people so you can connect to human emotions again. I did not know this young man but I cannot imagine what hell he was going through that made him think and act out on killing himself. Not everyone can BUCK UP and handle it - he obviously needed some extra help. Too little to late for him but maybe not for someone else that is going through the same situation as Jamey.



  15. 15

    Re: FoxyandKanga – i get that foxy, but it doesn't make it right. Until something is done about bullying it will continue. In Rwanda there was a genocide, but just because other Hutu's were killing their neighbours it doesn't make it right that every Hutu do the same, people lost limbs for refusing to do what everyone else was doing because it was wrong, so they sacrificed themselves. I wasn't bullied as a kid, but as an adult in the work place i certainly had my share of "subtle" bullies making my life hard….and it sucks. I can't imagine how i would have handled it as a teenager. Just like your mom told you, just because everyone else jumps off a cliff…….

    and mickehughes….touche….i am with you



  16. 16

    Re: adg100 – who cares why, does it matter how you learn. Some people learn from going to prison and being someones bitch, some get notoriety and realise that their comments have consequenses. I don't agree with childish past behaviour but for whatever reason that has changed, so thats what matters.



  17. 17

    The police are investigating this and are considering charging someone with a hate crime. I wonder if anybody did anything that isn't covered by the First Ammendment.



  18. 18

    Re: FoxyandKanga – hate crimes aren't. If it was because he was gay they could be in trouble. I don't like bullying but understand that at that young age the perpertrators might not fully understand the consequenses so hope this case leads to more funding for education and not jail sentences. Kids bullying is not ok, kids bullying should be dealt with but through education and public service, not jail time, they are kids after all and still have the opportunity to grow and learn.



  19. 19

    This child is adorable and so smart. Wishing him all the very very best!



  20. 20

    this is learned at home. I blame the parents.



  21. 21

    wow. all this talk about bullying has brought about…bullying. good job, people, way to show the world how classy you are



  22. 22

    Re: mama maria – i agree with the fact some people arnt as strong as others completely. its true and alot of people dont understand that. its sad, i can admit im a weak person and i react alot more when bitches personally attack me, then some other girls. so yea i nderstand that statement



  23. 23

    damm so many ignorant people here, yes everyone gets bullied but gay people are a bigger target. If your black, asian, latin, white, whatever and you're being a target start speaking out. The whole point is stopping bullying.



  24. 24

    Re: silly2 – Agreed



  25. 25

    Re: Michmasterflex – i am the same, and i'm given a hard time for not being tough enough even from my family. People who dont experience such strong emotions will never understand. Take heart that you are not alone.



  26. 26

    …teenage tragedies play out in groups…we had a decade of copy cat school shootings and now we have copy cat suicides…depression is bad enough but add in the emotional immaturity of a teenage brain who might feel that those around him/her will miss him/her when he's gone…he/she has witnessed the outpouring of sympathy after the bullying suicides have been publicized…in my opinion perez, you are too smart to buy into the current train of frenzied thought that bullying "makes" someone commit suicide…untreated depression "causes" suicide, period…educate yourself and stop using the deaths of these tortured young people to further your "everything Gay is better"…discussing your sexual preferences and promoting the sexual preferences of any and all gay people that are in the media spotlight is crude…I don't want celebrities to walk around saying…"hi, I am XXX and love to have my toes sucked by my partner" or "Hi, I'm XXX and I love to have sex with underage partners"…just as unseemly as "hi, I am XXX and i like to have sex with like gender-ed partners"…



  27. 27

    a little too late………………………………………… why do the police do something only after a person has died.



  28. 28

    Honestly, he brought it upon himself. It was his choice, his decision, his plan. Everyone in the world gets bullied at one point or even throughout their lives. The fact that someone couldn't handle harsh, mean, or violent words is not anyone's problem but themselves. The problem with this country is that everyone is trying to sugar coat everything, find an excuse for what we would consider 'too mean', and even raise our children in a more tolerant society, yet defenseless and and worse with cowardice motives. The truth is, in this world, we all go through similar experiences whether we're brought up the same way or not, or if even religion or ethics play a role. We're here to survive, and if you can't make it, then we're sorry. Our lives are nothing more than our decisions, and we choose to how to handle them.



  29. 29

    …there is a systematic softening and dumbing down of American society…there is a reason that the county that our Grandparents built after WWII was so strong…but, the fundamental issue here is that his depression was left untreated…or, the treatment that he received did not address his particular mental issues…we cannot be made to kill ourselves…it's impossible and there isn't a case on record…people kill themselves usually while they are alone…they plan it…they sometimes leave notes (or video logs) of their intentions…they know what they are going to do…if they want to kill themselves, they will…only…ONLY…medical intervention will will and sometimes, even medical intervention will not help…



  30. 30

    Re: mickehughes
    first let me say i hope you do not feel worthless you arent that being said, im sorry bullying has existed and will exist for as long as time does. it never ends people will always pick on other for a number of dumb reasons. the difference is kids today cannot handle as much as kids a couple generations ago and older could. the parents are to blame mostly because a childs frontal lobe is not as developed and this control and effects in short there ability to realize things like what committing suicide realy means. they just see it as the only way, there not developed enough to realy get it, parents need to teach their kids these things and give them a safe place they know they will always have and just how to toughen up



  31. 31

    …toolman, the most developed frontal lobe cannot fight depression…medical intervention is the only way…it'll too bad that gaga and perez are focusing on who this kid found sexually enticing and not on the mental illness he obviously suffered from…gaga and perez could do a lot to draw attention to depression and it's deadly effects…especially if left untreated…but, both seem to be uber-focused on sexual preferences rather than the human being encompassing those sexual preferences…in spite of what our hormones tell us, we are so much more than our sexual preferences…



  32. 32

    Re: mickehughes – sorry for the rant but this is a passionate topic, my cousin killed himself a little over a year ago… the last thing i want to say is that another side effect of all these service annoucement and news coverage of these bullies and suicide is ….bullies are going anywhere but the kids bullied see how they can go from "loser" picked on or not like made fun of, to a almost celebrity people will simpathise with, feel bad for, like understand….it makes a statement. so if you feel down isolated alone beat up and (your brain isnt developed enough to make a proper realizaition on the matter) and you want to stick it too your bullies, get people to rally around you and have people pay attention or like you what do you do, take your life and blame it on the bullying. its no coincidence suicide rates from bullying have skyrocket over the past few years, bullying aint new…..



  33. 33

    Re: youllneverno

    your not wrong but your not rigth either. we really don't know because i doubt you treated him i know i didnt so we cant really say what his exact issue was. maybe it was a chemical imbalance, maybe it was the fact that in his young mind the inability to really see the grand scheme of things in life made the bullying seem so very heavy and permanent and that is what made him spiral down, maybe he was bi polar etc. but i think you are to fixed on meds being the only way. they are form some things for others they are an aid to help you mentally heal and repairt the mental damage and sometimes they arent needed at all. i myself was on zolof for a bit, ( i was very depressed and thought some suicidal thoughts for 15 years) then i looked into parts of budishm and now im still battle with things but im much better and med free. either suicide is never a correct choice to make but hopefully those who do find peace and get forivness



  34. 34

    I was slightly bullied in high school, mainly one girl and her groupies, for God knows what reasons. The main reason why bullies are, well bullies, is most likely because of their own insecurities. I received good grades in high school and kept looking on the bright side. I was so determined to attend college out of state that I didn't let the ridicule of being a geek get to me. Now, I'm a senior at an out-of-state university, doing research for a professor, and preparing to take the GRE so I can apply for grad to either go for a Master's or Ph.D.. Whenever I go home and visit my family in between semesters, I find out from my high school friends that my former bullies are still living at home, trying to make ends meet by working multiple jobs, and the only education they have is their high school diploma. Karma's a bitch.—–My advice for those that are bullied because of your race, brains, beauty, sexual orientation, etc… Surround yourself with friends, look towards the future and NEVER look back. Don't feel sorry for who you are, feel sorry for them (bullies). They are the ones with the issues.



  35. 35

    The only people who need to be held accountable is the boy and his family for not protecting him and getting him the psychiatric help he needed. Bullies have been around since the dawn of time and that will never change. Its up to parents to raise mentally healthy and courageous kids. Stop trying to find a scapegoat for every gay person who kills themselves. Suicide is a personal choice.



  36. 36

    We should focus more on treating the depression of all these kids vs the new buzz word of the day "bullying". Perez was the biggest bully of them all and if bullying causes suicide, then pretty much every celebrity would already be dead if thats the case.



  37. 37

    …"medical intervention" does not simply equal "medicine"…therapy is also considered medical intervention…inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment…



  38. 38

    Re: mxamboii83 – that would be great but and i am being serious but thats like saying lets stop world hunger, war, illness and death….its wishfull thinking but thats not gonna happen. you cant eliminate external factors/ all bad things in life, but you can euip yourself/ your child with the tools to survive and grow stronger in amongst the negative side of life. life isnt fair sometimes you will be picked on, sometimes you wont get the job, sometimes you wont get the girl/boy, you have to be able to handle that. it sucks deal with it, dont do the "its not fair" routine..yeah it isnt so



  39. 39

    Re: youllneverno – oh sometimes i read to fast and miss things my bad, than i think we agree on everything haha



  40. 40

    You're the biggest bully of all Mario. If anyone should be locked up, it's you!



  41. 41

    His suicide was a tragedy…. and it should be a tragedy whether gay or straight. HOWEVER, to put blame and try to punish mean WORDS for this boy taking his own life is dangerous grounds, my friend. The moment you begin to punish for words we are no longer a free society with free speech. Yes words can be mean and painful at times, but they're just that… words. They are not actions, they are not violent. Violence is Perez getting punched in the face… that is not ok, even sometimes we feel some people deserve to get punched in the face :D . We have become a society of wimpy victims and all this anti-bullying PC crap is creating more and more victims. And then the bullies have the nerve to try and bully the rest into playing nice. Stop raising wimps and start raising children to be strong, to stand up for themselves and push back against the bullies. I was bullied horribly as a straight kid and I made it. Thick skin that took 36 years to build up.



  42. 42

    the charges should against the school or the parents or whoever was in charge of these kids while the bullying was happening, THEN charges can be brought against the bullies. people forget that when kids are at school the school officials are in charge of them. they are responsible for what goes on there. i was bullied in school (not for being gay, heterosexuals do get bullied to death and depression too) and i remember school officials being of no help whatsoever. THAT is what is unacceptable. Parents have a role in this too. who is teaching kids this behavior? they learn it from somewhere… there is no bully gene.

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    now they listen, after he's dead!! this is bs!



  44. 44

    Re: dryan1971 – You're an imbecile… I'd tell you to get treatment but you can't cure dumb.



  45. 45

    Re: missymelissy27 – Sweetie… you missed the point. He's DEAD…



  46. 46

    Re: toolman85 – I think it can be stopped, bullying is a choice. You can choose to be a dick to someone or choose to be nice, unless the person is sick mentally then it's a whole different story. I don't think people choose to starve, or have war, or get sick and die. and yes the boy chose to kill himself, I guess no one was there to really help him out. maybe he should of just shot the bully or bullies…I guess we should all turn in savages



  47. 47

    Re: MikelJoshua – He was 14-years old! We're not talking about already thick-skinned adults here who can brush off comments, but about a teenage boy who was told by several people again and again that who he was, how he was born, was vile and wrong. I would agree more with your comment if it concerned a (mentally) fully developed grown up, but this was an adolescent boy.



  48. 48

    If that was a woman noone would give a fuck about it, in fact women are being harassed, bullied, abused, raped daily and nobody gives a fuck.



  49. 49

    I think GaGa killed him! for publicity for her flop album.