Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Sad Death of Jamey Rodemeyer
Jamey Rodemeyer was a 14-year-old boy who lived in Buffalo, New York. He was relentlessly bullied because he was gay. He cried out for help online for months.
And when nobody helped him he committed suicide.
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."
On Saturday night, he posted a lyric from Lady Gaga's song "The Queen" on his Facebook page: "Don't forget me when I come crying to heaven's door."
Then around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Jamey posted two final messages to his main public Tumblr blog. One said he really wanted to see his great-grandmother, who had recently died, and one offered thanks to Lady Gaga.
That was his last entry.
The ugliest part? His blog was full of anti-gay comments from his class mates urging him to kill himself.
JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT AND UGLY. HE MUST DIE !
I wouldn't care if you died. No one would. So just do it. It would make everyone WAY more happier !
The saddest part? About four months ago he posted a YouTube video telling other kids not to give up.
Promising them it does get better...
But it didn't get better for him.
And you can be sure it won't get better for many Canadian kids in a country where bullying is a national scandal.
As one of the few bloggers who writes regularly about bullying, I don't know why more Canadians don't understand that if you want to build a kinder, gentler world, you have to start with the children.
But I do know I'll never give up.
Homophobia is a disease.
And bullying is EVIL....