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Bullying: a hate crime
Albany Times Union ^ | September 27, 2011 | Delaney McDonough

Posted on 09/27/2011 2:05:06 PM PDT by presidio9

You may have heard the story of Jamey Rodemeyer, Buffalo, NY, who was 14-years-old when he committed suicide, after being bullied online for over a year.

Now, people all over the world are coming together to fight for Jamey, to end bullying.

Jamey was an openly gay student at his middle school and was repeatedly bullied and harassed by peers who told him “JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND (sic) UGLY. HE MUST DIE!” one post said, according to local reports. Another read, “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it It would make everyone WAY more happier!”

When Jamey entered North High School this year, things became harder for him and the bullying increased.

Although the constant bullying affected him, Jamey, with the support of his family, friends, and Lady Gaga, his idol, had maintained a positive outlook over the past few years. He was feeling so loved he even made his own YouTube video, for the It Get’s Better Campaign for LGBT youth.

When Jamey did start to feel the pressure of being bullied, no one was there to listen. On his own blog, he posted, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens.”

Minutes before Jamey’s death, he tweeted, “@ladygaga bye mother monster, thank you for all you have done, paws up forever”

A letter was sent out with students Monday informing the school of his death.

As the media caught hold of Jamey’s death, Sunday, Gaga expressed her grief through tweets that stated:

“The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life. ”

“Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 yrs old, took his life because of bullying. Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime.”

“I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey”

Gaga recently attended President Obama’s political fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 25 and asked the president a question during the Q&A, and thanked him for what he’s accomplished (hosting for his anti-bullying conference with Michelle Obama earlier this year). Lady Gaga also made a tribute to Jamey at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas on Saturday, where the pop star sang a moving version of her song “Hair.”.

Lady Gaga is fighting for Jamey, but other little monsters have taken the fight into their own hands.

150 little monsters worldwide have come together with the help of Tumblr and made a video dedicated to Jamey Rodemeyer and the fight to stop bullying and suicide among LGBT youth. This project, called the paws up forever project, started with three Boston College students, Sara Nazeman, Jason Bring, and Ines Mitchell, Jamey’s online friends. ‘Paws up’ is a sign that little monsters use, to salute Gaga or mother monster.

Since the video was posted Thursday, it has gained nearly 50,000 views.

For more about preventing bullying, you can visit The Friendfactor Blog.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hatecrimes; homonaziagenda; homonazism; homopsychoagenda; homosexualagenda; homosexualism; homotyranny; thoughtpolice

1 posted on 09/27/2011 2:05:12 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Soon, any thought that differs from that mandated by Liberals will be a crime.


2 posted on 09/27/2011 2:08:10 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Great. More wild-eyed purple-faced frothing-at-the-mouth liberals screaming “stop the f’n hate”.


3 posted on 09/27/2011 2:12:29 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: wagglebee

ping


4 posted on 09/27/2011 2:14:45 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: skeeter

Bullied “on line” for over a year? Doesn’t mention school or anyplace REAL. You have to go to school but you don’t have to go on-line. This is the only forum I have posted on this year. I gave up the others because of the agita. It can be done.


5 posted on 09/27/2011 2:16:18 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: presidio9

Making fun of kids has been going on since Jesus’ time. Jesus was probably made fun of for one thing or another when he was a little boy. In my day, we used to have “slam books”. It was basically a note book that you put everyone’s name in the book and then you write things about people. Man you should have seen the crap they were saying about me.....Wow!!!!! My very best friends even said some shocking things. However, being the immature self I was, I did the same to others. It is part of growing up. I don’t believe for one moment that nobody has been made fun of. Every kid has been made fun of for one thing or another. Buck up kids.......I was called fart face, ugly ass, boring, disgusting, freak, and that was just from my friends.....lol. We are raising a bunch of pansy’s and it is not good for the country at all.


6 posted on 09/27/2011 2:16:29 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: presidio9
To begin with, if he was being bullied online, why did he keep going online? The way to stop "bullying" is to quit going where it is, and not silencing everyone.

Secondly, no middle school kid knows, or should know, about what kind of sex they "like". If he was attracted to other boys there was a problem and I'd bet it involved an adult.

That said, I will add that kids now believe that they can say and do anything they want to someone else without repercussions. Now that society has "killed" God, there are no consciences to violate and no dues need to be paid

7 posted on 09/27/2011 2:16:56 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: massgopguy

No kidding! I hate to make light of something as tragic as a 14 year old committing suicide, but they seem to be implying he was thinking “Oh no.. Will someone say something unkind to me online again? They do every day. Oh no... I just know they will.. Well, here goes... (enter chat room) “JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND (sic) UGLY. HE MUST DIE! “OHH NOO! Not AGAIN!”


8 posted on 09/27/2011 2:18:52 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: skeeter

I am sure the legislation will be written so as to be “bullying” as a “hate” crime only if a white kid is the “bullier”.


9 posted on 09/27/2011 2:20:25 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: presidio9

Does anyone know - is it legal to follow someone on the street and say these things? Is that protected speech as long as there isn’t a threat, profanity or physical contact?

I’m just curious if the laws on the books with respect to harassment, disorderly conduct etc can be used in these cases.

I sure am glad I’m not a teenager anymore!


10 posted on 09/27/2011 2:20:29 PM PDT by ruiner
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To: presidio9
“Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 yrs old, took his life because of bullying. Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime.”

How about we make suicide illegal?

11 posted on 09/27/2011 2:20:40 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: massgopguy
Maybe he killed himself because he was mentally disturbed.

A great many homosexuals are.

12 posted on 09/27/2011 2:21:52 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: presidio9

In my day, bullies just beat you up on your way home and left you lying by the side of the road. We have become so wussified that just calling someone a name is bullying and must be controlled by the law.


13 posted on 09/27/2011 2:22:55 PM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: presidio9
Jamey was an openly gay student at his middle school

I see the problem here.

14 posted on 09/27/2011 2:23:07 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: presidio9

Jamey took his life because he embraced faggotry. Period.


15 posted on 09/27/2011 2:23:44 PM PDT by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: skeeter

Exactly. Homosexuality is a hate crime. It is hatred for self, hatred for God, and hatred for nature.

People must come together and put a stop to the spread of this hateful perversion of life.


16 posted on 09/27/2011 2:24:19 PM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: presidio9
From what I read early on...he was teased...but he himself never said he was gay and his parents never said he was gay....But the gay people around here decided he was gay. This kid was in therapy. Apparently, he had a lot of problems.

Now, can someone tell me why his parents let him participate and join in the bullying sessions on the web?? He's 14.

I don't think we're ever going to know the REAL story. No one has said a peep on how he committed suicide.

Can anyone fill in any of the blanks??

17 posted on 09/27/2011 2:24:32 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: presidio9

They’re using this unfortunate lad’s story to basically criminalize Christianity. Bet on it.

BTW, I was bullied in elementary and junior high school and it wasn’t for being gay. No pop stars were out looking for me. In fact I had virtually no support. Being on the receiving end of that kind of treatment is truly horrible and I don’t wish it on anybody. But I don’t want a good kid’s future ruined and his freedom taken away just for saying, “The Bible says it’s a sin.”


18 posted on 09/27/2011 2:25:03 PM PDT by lazypadawan
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To: Mr. Wright

white STRAIGHT kid


19 posted on 09/27/2011 2:26:18 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Trailerpark Badass
I see the problem here.

The homosexual agenda has progressed to the point where children are encouraged to "come out" before they have completed puberty.

20 posted on 09/27/2011 2:27:20 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

When my daughter was in 8th grade she was incessantly picked on by three so called mean girls.My wife and I constantly told her that words from morons should be ignored. One day she came home and said one of the girls had thrown a punch that stopped short of her face. I immediately wrote the principal that my daughter was under instructions not to allow anyone to lay hands upon her and not only would she defend herself but she knew how, and that i would hold the school accountable if they chose equal consequences for any altercation. Those girls spent the next 8 weeks having their lunch with the class guidance counselor, not their friends. Very often it’s up to parents to demand action.


21 posted on 09/27/2011 2:30:08 PM PDT by xkaydet65 (IACTA ALEA EST!!!'s)
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To: TheBigIf
The compassionate, loving thing to do would be to reject the self destructive, self indulgent licentious homosexual lifestyle and do everything within our power to discourage young people from even considering the lifestyle.

Of course we also teach our kids that bullying is wrong, whether the bullied is short, skinny, wears thick glasses, is buck-toothed, is effete, or whatever. But thats an entirely different subject.

22 posted on 09/27/2011 2:32:27 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: fwdude

Jamey took his life because he embraced faggotry. Period.

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There’s more to it than that. If you add in the fact his parents actively endorsed and supported his mental instability, and look at what they are doing now....

I blame his idiot parents more than I blame any so called bullies.


23 posted on 09/27/2011 2:39:53 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: MNDude

People say things on the internet all the time that they would rarely or never say to your face. Some of these forums are dreadfully artificial.

Jamie should have turned his back on those losers and become a FReeper. He’d get more sympathy for his confusion here than at the hands of so called liberals.


24 posted on 09/27/2011 2:40:12 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: skeeter

Even certain things that are permitted in America — e.g. smoking — we frown upon. Somehow homosexual relationships aren’t in the list of things you can frown upon without being harassed within an inch of your life by liberals. Speaking of which, even these misguided liberals, where were they when Jamie was in this pickle? Having told him it’s fine to be gay, they then go hide and giggle their fool heads off while Jamie digs himself into a suicidal mood? They don’t even take responsibility for what they have incited?


25 posted on 09/27/2011 2:44:54 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Sacajaweau

Gee, you’d think any competent psychologist would want Jamie to shut the chaos of adolescents on the internet out of his life — especially when they hear over and over again that he’s suffering grief from what he reads there.

But I wonder if even his parents really had a basis upon which to live life, to share with him. Some kind of spiritual sense that transcends the self and the fickle sentiments of the crowd.


26 posted on 09/27/2011 2:51:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Something is missing here....The predator.....And watchful parents.

I'd bet a million to one the kid wasn't gay.

Why won't they say how he committed suicide?

27 posted on 09/27/2011 3:03:48 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: MrB

Yes, I overlooked that - very important that he be “straight” as well.


28 posted on 09/27/2011 3:13:58 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: Sacajaweau

Whatever the means, supposedly he did intend to kill himself, writing a note about it beforehand — this wasn’t an accident incurred in pursuing somebody’s freaky sex suggestions. Males are more likely to choose outwardly violent means of suicide — maybe Jamie jumped off of a cliff (a girl might be more likely to take poison).


29 posted on 09/27/2011 3:14:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: presidio9

I live in the area and I am sick to death of this story..THERE WAS NO NOTE there is no way of knowing why this young man killed himself.. we have never heard how this young man died.. last I heard an autopsy was going to be preformed ...

He left NO NOTE that he was doing this because he was bullied or any other reason..

But the liberals and gay rights folk are using this to further their agenda ...the latest is legislation stopping bulling... imagine enforcing that ...and never mind we do have a constitutional right to free speech..


30 posted on 09/27/2011 4:32:10 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: presidio9
The homosexual agenda has progressed to the point where children are encouraged to "come out" before they have completed puberty.

There are many extremely ignorant, bigoted and cruel comments on this thread, but yours is not one of them.

It's very true.

31 posted on 09/27/2011 4:35:40 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: skeeter

I was thinking the exact same thing. Lady Gag-me wants to blame it on bullying and demand it be illegal, but it sounds like this poor child had other demons in his closet.


32 posted on 09/27/2011 4:57:59 PM PDT by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: presidio9

Gaga must be the new Liza Minelli.


33 posted on 09/27/2011 5:30:09 PM PDT by quietly desperate (The state is that fiction by which everyone tries to live at everyone's expense.)
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To: BfloGuy
There are many extremely ignorant, bigoted and cruel comments on this thread, but yours is not one of them.

You have been here long enough to understand that on threads like this, where liberal overkill is trying to present itself as the only moral alternative the conservative reaction ends up being harsh, because people are so frustrated with the way things are portrayed in the clown car media. That, and they're using an anonymous feelings to vent. That being said, why post this to me? If somebody gets out of line, you should be responding to them, or alerting the moderator. I'm upset that a young man is dead, but there are some holes in this story.

34 posted on 09/27/2011 10:36:03 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

One Gay kid goes to the school dance and none of the other boys will dance with him. He feels isolated and claims he’s a victim. When will the schools MAKE THEM dance with him? Of course this will be the end of boys going to the school dance.


35 posted on 09/28/2011 6:49:04 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

At our last prom, we had a Prom King and a Prom Queen. All the black candidates for Prom King were disqualified. No blacks were allowed to be Prom King. Racism? Nope. The Prom Queen was going to be a gay guy and they couldn’t charge a black guy with a hate crime if he punched out the Prom Queen.


36 posted on 09/28/2011 6:59:34 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: presidio9

Hate crimes, well, last time I heard, any time a person intentionally harms someone with some sort of malice beforehand, that person hated their target. I heard someone claim that corporate-motivated crimes weren’t hate, well yes, even those crimes involve malice beforehand in order to commit them.


37 posted on 09/29/2011 7:26:25 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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