After years of torment and bullying, last Septemeber 14 year old Jamie Rodemeyer committed suicide and despite the cries of public outrage from friends, family, LGBT advocates, and even Lady Gaga, police investigating his suicide said Tuesday that the taunting and offensive comments he endured online and at school could not be considered criminal and that no charges would be filed.
After interviewing Jamey’s family, friends and peers, uncovering five bullying episodes at Williamsville North High School and sending Jamey’s computer and cellphone to a forensics lab Chief John Askey said: “He was exposed to stresses in every facet of his life that were beyond what should be experienced by a 14-year-old boy,” But neither the in-school bullying episodes, one of which involved pushing and an anti-gay remark, nor “insensitive and inappropriate” online comments were found to be prosecutable, Askey said, in part because the victim is dead and unable to help prove harassment or other charges that might have been filed.
Anonymous posts on a Formspring account Jamey opened said “Kill your self!!!! You have nothing left!” and “Go kill yourself, you’re worthless, ugly and don’t have a point to live.”
The investigation did determined that three students had targeted Jamey in high school, one of whom hired a lawyer after Jamey’s death. Those students weren’t the ones commenting inappropriately in the online forums.
To frame persistent harassment and bullying and in some cases physical abuse as ‘insensiti
To me, as harsh and draconian as this may seem, bullies who encourage their peers to end their lives like this should be held legally accountabl
Throw them in jail, and let them feel how it is to be the ones separated and alienated from society.This sick behavior will continue, is if schools, police and legislator
It’s time to hold the bullying assailants responsible. Nothing less at this point will do any good.