‘What Do I Have To Do To Make People Listen?’ - Bullied Gay Teen Commits Suicide (WIDK)
Posed to WIDK by Emily Moore
(Rachel Quigley, Daily Mail) — A 14-year-old boy who blogged about being suicidal due to being incessantly bullied at school has been found dead outside his home in an apparent suicide.
Jamey Rodemeyer, from Buffalo, New York, cried for help online for months before his death and his family and friends said suicide was a popular topic with him.
He regularly posted about being bullied at school and how people would launch gay insults at him.
But what was worse for Jamey, was that when he wrote of his pain and frustrations and cried for help in his blog postings, students at his school started to bully him online.
About 12 months ago on his Formspring account - which permits anonymous posts - other students started making gay references towards him.
‘JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!’ read one post.
Another read: ‘I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier!’
On September 9, Jamey wrote on his Tumblr site: ‘I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?’
The day before he wrote: ‘No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you’re the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me down.’
He put up a separate post that day letting everyone know it was National Suicide Prevention Week.
But still no one listened.
On Saturday night he posted a lyric from Lady Gaga’s song The Queen on his Facebook page which said: ‘Don’t forget me when I come crying to heaven’s door.’
On 1.30am on Sunday morning, he left two final messages on one of his blogs saying he was looking forward to seeing his great grandmother, who recently died, and one as a tribute to Lady Gaga, thanking her.
‘He was the sweetest, kindest kid you’d ever know. He would give all his heart to you before he gave any to himself’
His mother Tracy Rodemeyer , told Buffalo News: ‘He touched so many hearts, so many people. 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.’
She said that her son had been questioning his sexuality over the last year and that his fellow students picked up on it and used it to taunt and bully him.
Friends of the 14-year-old reported the message posts to the school guidance counsellors, she said, but by then it may already have been too late.
‘He was totally against bullying. He has had issues since fifth grade. He had suicidal tendencies back then,’ she told Buffalo News.
She said she tried to talk to him on numerous occasions and asked him to talk to her about what was wrong, but he assured her that he was OK.
Last weekend the family went to a camping spot they would frequently go to and she said he seemed really happy.
Mrs Rodemeyer said: ‘He used to cry about the taunts from his peers but they didn’t seem to phase him this time. Lately, he’s been blowing them off, or at least we thought he was.’
Olivia Rinaldo, an eighth-grader at Heim Middle School, said she was drawn to his outwardly upbeat and extroverted personality. He made friends of the friendless, she said.
‘He was always putting people first. He always wanted other people to smile, even on the worst of his days.’
She said even though he was seeing a social worker and a therapist, not enough was done to help him.
A letter was sent home to students on Monday morning informing them that he was dead.
Dale Bauer, a licensed school social worker and clinical social worker at North, said: ‘We make it apparent to the kids that there’s help all day long and in the days to come.’
Jamey was a new student at Williamsville North High School and the student known to have committed suicide there since 2010. Joe Chearmonte, a junior honor student, died in February of last year.
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