14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, a victim of relentless anti-gay bullying, was found dead earlier this week of an apparent suicide.
"I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens," Jamey wrote on his Tumblr blog in a post dated September 9th. "What do I have to do so people will listen to me?"
The bullying got particularly intense about twelve months ago, when classmates started leaving homophobic remarks on Jamey's Formspring page. "JAMIE [sic] IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!," read one of the many vicious comments. Another read, "I wouldn't care if you died. No one would. So just do it
It would make everyone WAY more happier!"
Friends were always there to defend him, however, and Jamey himself even appeared to be taking the abuse in stride, contributing a video to Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project, in which he echoed the words of Lady Gaga, telling other bullying victims to "love yourself and you're set. I promise you, it will get better."
Sadly, despite assuring his parents multiple times that everything was fine, all was not as it seemed. On Sunday, Jamey posted two messages to his blog: the first said he really wanted to see his great-grandmother, who had recently died, and the second said, "Thank you, Lady Gaga." That was his last entry.
"He touched so many hearts, so many people," said his mother, Tracy Rodemeyer, who met with some of his grief-stricken friends at Williamsville North on Monday. "I didn't realize how many people he touched. He was the sweetest, kindest kid you'd ever know. He would give all his heart to you before he gave any to himself."
As American servicemen and women across the globe celebrate the long-overdue demise of the military's discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Jamey's untimely death offers a stark reminder that the struggle for tolerance is far from over.The Buffalo News
[Edited on 9/22/11 by HoodedMan]
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