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The Kids Who Bullied Jamey Rodemeyer To Death Won’t Be Criminally Prosecuted, They’ll Just Be Suspended

Two weeks ago we told you the sad news that despite the cries of public outrage from friends, family, LGBT advocates, and even Lady Gaga,  police investigating the suicide of bullied teen Jamey Rodemeyer nd the years of offensive comments he endured online and at school could not be considered criminal and that no charges would be filed against his bullies.

Now after reading the police reports,  Jamey’s school, North High School has decided to do something. 

Superintendent Scott Martzloff . “We made the determination to take disciplinary action.”

Although he would not say how many at least two students,   possibly more have been suspended which could lead to the  possibility of long-term suspensions subject to a hearing.  Unfortunately expulsion is not an option for students of this age. (Under the age of 16)

Suspended.  Thats what happens when you steal another school’s mascot.  Not push another child to take his own life. 

If I had my way both the children involved and their neglectful parents for raising such evil little bastards would be put in stocks in the public square.  But again, unfortunately thats not an option either.

And as cynical as it sounds to me this reeks as nothing more than the school trying to save face after the fact.  To make it seem like its really doing something.  But in reality its just a token show that will have no real effect.

 If Jamey were a female sexually harassed, or a black student who was racially harassed, the consequences would have been swift, severe and immediate after the first incidents happened.

There needs to be exact state laws and exact school policies regarding LGBT bullying. And the punishment must be severe enough to make these horrible LGBT teen suicides stop.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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