Jamey Rodemeyer, 14-Year-Old Who Made ‘It Gets Better’ Video, Commits Suicide After Anti-Gay Bullying
A bisexual Buffalo-area teen who suffered from years of anti-gay bullying and made a YouTube video as a message of encouragement to other LGBT teens has killed himself, WGRZ and the Huffington Post report.
Jamey Rodemeyer, who just started high school at Williamsville North in Williamsville, New York, was found dead Monday after an apparent suicide. There was no note, but his family believes they know why their son killed himself.
“It was a constant taunting,” his mother Tracy told WGRZ NBC2. “The same people over and over.”
The bullying went on for years, and Jamey’s parents went to school officials, who could only do so much.
Jamey underwent counseling and seemed to be doing better recently. He even made a YouTube video for the ‘It Gets Better Project,’ in which celebrities from the world of entertainment, sports and politics, both gay and straight, post messages of encouragement to teens dealing with the despair that comes from being ostracized and victimized by bullying because of their sexual orientation.
“People would just keep sending me hate, telling me that gay people go to hell,” Rodemeyer says in his video. But he tells those watching to stay positive. “That’s all you have to do. Just love yourself and you’re set. And I promise you, it’ll get better.”
But it didn’t get better for Jamey. Despite appearing happy to start high school, friends say the bullying continued.
“He fooled everybody,” his father Tim told WGRZ. “He put on a brave face and I wish he wouldn’t have.”
Jamey’s parents believe that their son was put on earth to show people that it’s okay to be different and that bullying is a serious problem that is more widespread than many people think. “I think that was my son’s number one mission in life, why he was put here a short time was to get that point out, and if that means I have to carry it on for him, I will,” Tracy told WGRZ.
Tim and Tracy have a message for other bullies: “To the kids who are bullying they have to realize that words are very powerful and what you think is just fun and games isn’t to some people, and you are destroying a lot of lives,” Tim told WIVB.
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