Bullied Teen, Who Once Made An “It Gets Better” Video, Commits Suicide
Heartbreaking news: a teen who once made a video for the “It Gets Better” Project committed suicide yesterday after dealing with ongoing harassment because of his sexual orientation. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, of Buffalo, NY, had been questioning his sexuality for some time and recently blogged: “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?” Apparently, Jamey’s family was aware of the harassment he faced from classmates and were working with Williamsville North High School officials as best they could to help him; his mom said he had “issues” for years and that he was seeing a social worker and therapist. Despite telling his parents that he was “fine,” the bullying continued, with peers leaving hateful messages on Jamey’s Formspring page. “JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!” said one message. Another wrote: “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it : ) It would make everyone WAY more happier!”
The weekend before his suicide, Jamey went camping with his family and seemed to be in good spirits. His final two blog posts expressed a desire to see his late great-grandmother, and thanked Lady Gaga. Jamey is the second Williamsville North High School student to kill himself this year, but school officials said that they’ve done all they could and while they offer counseling to students, they are not a “mental health facility.”
Dan Savage, the creator of the “It Gets Better” Project, responded to news of Jamey’s suicide on his blog, writing:
The point of the “It Gets Better” project is to give kids like Jamey Rodemeyer hope for their futures. But sometimes hope isn’t enough. Sometimes the damage done by hate and by haters is simply too great. Sometimes the future seems too remote. And those are the times our hearts break.