Bullies to Face 5 Day Suspension for Tormenting Jamey Rodemeyer to Death
UB readers have followed along in horror as the tragic story of Jamey Rodemeyer unfolded over the past several months. You know, the one where a gay student was mercilessly bullied for years without aid from his school to the point where he took his own life, practically live-blogging the entire choose your own (terrible) adventure along the way.
After his death, Jamey’s bullies literally cheered and chanted “We’re glad you’re dead” at the homecoming dance. Then came word that police would be charging the students in question with hate crimes for their part in the death of their classmate. Except that didn’t end up happening.
Amherst police chief John Askey eventually announced that no criminal charges would be brought against the group of students. Why? Because their star witness, was no longer alive to testify against them. The bullies practically got away with murder, all because they did their job so well.
He declined to say how many students were suspended. Though based on Amherst police findings, it’s likely that several of Jamey’s classmates were sanctioned.
Regarding the severity of punishments these students received, Martzloff said only that the students face “a minimum of suspensions.” That implies at least short-term suspensions of up to five days, with the possibility of long-term suspensions subject to a hearing. Expulsion is not an option for students of this age.
Does a five day suspension sound like an appropriate punishment for students who assaulted the gay 14-year-old in the halls and literally encouraged him to kill himself?
- A witness said one female classmate who had known Jamey since middle school told Jamey something along the lines of, “Faggot, why don’t you just kill yourself?” This student’s family hired a lawyer shortly after she began being questioned by police.
- In a separate incident, the same student later told Jamey something like, “You’re a faggot.”
- Another identified student pushed Jamey as he passed him in the hallway and called him a fag.
- Yet another identified student made “an inappropriate comment” to Jamey regarding his sexual orientation, Askey said.