Students Who Bullied Jamey Rodemeyer to Death Will Face No Charges
Amherst Police Chief John Askey today announced that after hundreds of hours of interviews and investigation his department has ruled that no charges will be brought against the classmates that bullied 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer to death. The reason?
Because Jamey is dead, and therefor cannot testify against them.
“In most cases, you need a victim and a complaint,” Askey said.
Just to refresh your memory, Jamey committed suicide in September after blogging for months that he was being mercilessly bullied and that his school seemed unwilling to do anything about it. When classmates discovered his blog, they took the bullying there as well, writing ““JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!” Another read, “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it. It would make everyone WAY more happier!”
Following Jamey’s suicide, his school’s homecoming dance made national news when the bullies who had tormented Jamey into suicide began chanting “We’re glad you’re dead” during a dedication to him. Jamey’s sister was in attendance during the unbelievable celebration of her brother’s death, and a student was eventually suspended for harassing her.
At times during the investigation of Jamey’s death it seemed like Unicorn Booty knew more than the police did. After enormous pressure from detailed ongoing coverage of Jamey’s tragic story, police announced that hate crime charges were to be brought against his bullies.
So for the police to now tell us that there will be no punishment for those who bullied this boy to death precisely because they achieved their goal and he is no longer alive to testify – well, you can see how the LGBT community would find that completely unacceptable and a travesty of justice.