14-Year-Old It Gets Better Filmmaker Commits Suicide After Endless Bullying
14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer struggled with coming out for much of the past two years. Not that he or his loved ones had a problem with his sexuality, per se. Rather, it was the incessant tormenting of bullies at Jamey’s WIlliamsville North high school that led to his depression and thoughts of suicide.
Inspired by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, Jamey even made an It Gets Better video to help empower others in his shoes back in May of this year. It’s difficult not to get choked up watching his assurances that he no longer struggles with suicidal thoughts in the video knowing today how his story will eventually play out.
On Sunday, September 18 Jamey wrote two final posts on his Tumblr blog, where he had frequently discussed the anti-gay bullying he was on the receiving end. These two posts mentioned wishing to see his grandmother again, and giving thanks to Lady Gaga “for everything you have done for me.”
And then he took his own life.
Just over one week later, Jamey was found dead outside his home of an apparent suicide.
In the months prior, he routinely blogged about school bullying and thoughts of suicide in between upbeat posts about his pop star idol Lady Gaga and the ordinary types of teen rants typical for kids his age.
On Sept. 8, 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.
It’s not that Jamey didn’t have friends. He says in his IGBP video that he does. But his blog was littered with anti-gay comments from classmates telling him to kill himself.
Another read: “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it It would make everyone WAY more happier!”
Jamie was seeing a therapist and a social worker in the time leading up to his death, and it sounds like his school was trying to assist him in making his school days more tolerable. His guidance counselor recommended Jamey refrain from blogging and using social networks, where bullying thrives unregulated and unseen by teachers. But that suggestion avoids the issue of holding Jamey’s tormentors accountable. Homeboy was the victim in this situation.
The entire situation is just an incredible shame. What a phenomenal waste of life.
(via Buffalo News)
UPDATE: Anderson Cooper weighs in.