Skip to comments.Bullying: a hate crime
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 wouldnt 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 Gets 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 Jameys 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 Jameys death, Sunday, Gaga expressed her grief through tweets that stated:
The past days Ive spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones 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 Obamas political fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 25 and asked the president a question during the Q&A, and thanked him for what hes 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, Jameys 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.
Soon, any thought that differs from that mandated by Liberals will be a crime.
Great. More wild-eyed purple-faced frothing-at-the-mouth liberals screaming “stop the f’n hate”.
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.
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.
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
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!”
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”.
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!
How about we make suicide illegal?
A great many homosexuals are.
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.
I see the problem here.
Jamey took his life because he embraced faggotry. Period.
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.
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??
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.”
white STRAIGHT kid
The homosexual agenda has progressed to the point where children are encouraged to "come out" before they have completed puberty.