Gay teen who posted "It Gets Better" video commits suicide over bullying

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Guess sometimes it doesn't get better...

Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, Dies in Suicide

By Lucas Grindley

Another tragic reminder that bullying against gay youth is a continuing problem comes with the suicide of a 14-year-old boy, Jamey Rodemeyer, who had asked for help repeatedly.

The Buffalo, New York, teen died on Sunday, his body found later outside his home after an apparent suicide, according to the Buffalo News. His death followed not only taping his own It Gets Better video, but also blogging on Tumblr about the bullying at school that just wouldn't stop.

"I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens," he wrote on September 9. "What do I have to do so people will listen to me?"

In May, he was on a high after coming out to friends, and he pointed to the support from people online as the reason it gets better.

"I have so much support from people I don't even know online," he told the camera. "They don't ever want me to die."

Reaction on Tumblr has been of shock and sadness.

"Jamey Rodemeyer is dead? I’ve followed him on Tumblr since I made mine," wrote one person. "I can’t believe this. I don’t even know what to say. Although I didn’t know him in real life, it’s hard to cope with his suicide."

"He lived 45 minutes away from me," another said. "It kills me to think that not even one person could stand up for this kid."

Rodemeyer said in his It Gets Better video that he was being taunted in the hallways of his school.

"I felt like I could never escape it," said Rodemeyer, who claimed Lady Gaga as his inspiration for keeping his head held high.

Dan Savage reacted to the news on his blog, calling for those "who tormented this vulnerable kid" to "be held to account — not bullied themselves, not prosecuted or persecuted, but held to account — for their actions, for their hate, for the harm they've caused."

The It Gets Better project was founded to help kids get through times like Rodemeyer faced.

"The point of the 'It Gets Better' project is to give kids like Jamey Rodemeyer hope for their futures. But sometimes hope isn't enough," Savage wrote. "Sometimes the damage done by hate and by haters is simply too great. Sometimes the future seems too remote. And those are the times our hearts break."

Watch other videos from Rodemeyer on the following pages. He talks about gay people being called "disgusting" by other students in class, about his belief that same-sex marriage should be legal, and about how Lady Gaga is "the reason why I am alive."

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/09/20/Jamey_Rodemeyer_14_Dies_in_Suicide/
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Looks like someone spoke too soon.
 

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Quitter. Act like a ma....

Oops.
 

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Good riddance to the selfish little faggot.
 

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Maybe, just maybe, some children are mentally ill. And what they need, to get better, isn't to join a political campaign on the Internet, but medical attention.

And again just maybe, some kids are neglected by their parents. And what they need, once again, isn't participation in a political stunt on the Internet, but parenting and counseling.

Dan Savage reacted to the news on his blog, calling for those "who tormented this vulnerable kid" to "be held to account — not bullied themselves, not prosecuted or persecuted, but held to account — for their actions, for their hate, for the harm they've caused."
So you don't think that maybe the legally responsible adults who started a campaign that targets vulnerable children (unable to make fully rational decisions themselves), and convinces them to put their private lives on display for the World, exposing them to the bullying of other children (also not responsible adults), all so they could advance a political cause, might be the actual responsible party in this whole affair?
 

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He was right... he killed himself, and the world is a better place. See... it does get better.
 

ShooterMcGavin

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Should have learnt how to fight
This is the serious answer right here.

If you can't stand up for yourself, that's your own fucking problem. You don't even have to fight him. Just find a way to bully the bully verbally. Call his mother a cunt or something. Sure you get beat up, but the fact that you got to him is satisfying. That's what I would do with my bully/bullies. I would make sure people were around and I would say something I had planned a week beforehand to really get under their skin and humiliate them in front of a crowd.

If you kill yourself, you are merely proving that you're nothing but a little faggot. Way to let the bully win, dipshit.

I have ZERO sympathy or respect for suicide "victims." Fuck all of them. Good riddance to anyone selfish and idiotic enough to do something like that.
 

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This is the serious answer right here.

If you can't stand up for yourself, that's your own fucking problem. You don't even have to fight him. Just find a way to bully the bully verbally. Call his mother a cunt or something. Sure you get beat up, but the fact that you got to him is satisfying. That's what I would do with my bully/bullies. I would make sure people were around and I would say something I had planned a week beforehand to really get under their skin and humiliate them in front of a crowd.

If you kill yourself, you are merely proving that you're nothing but a little faggot. Way to let the bully win, dipshit.

I have ZERO sympathy or respect for suicide "victims." Fuck all of them. Good riddance to anyone selfish and idiotic enough to do something like that.
Exactly. You seem to have made it through high school being gay, Im sure this kid could have done it.

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what needs to end is the fucking bullying in schools...gay...scrubs...not cool...nerds...color etc it need to end!
 

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Hmmm...maybe if there was a video on youtube of a guy coming out, perhaps a tough military type, it could have gave this kid some perspective.
 

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Although I didn’t know him in real life, it’s hard to cope with his suicide.
If you can't cope with the suicide of somebody you don't even know, maybe you should follow his example. What a bunch of fucking whiners.

You know how I dealt with bullying in school? By not giving a fuck.
 

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If you can't cope with the suicide of somebody you don't even know, maybe you should follow his example. What a bunch of fucking whiners.

You know how I dealt with bullying in school? By not giving a fuck.
Exactly. The way I figure it, if some people calling you names is enough to make you kill yourself, the world is probably better off not having to deal with your bullshit for the next 70 years.
 

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Damn I remember moving from NJ to a new town in Cali, being the child of a broken marriage and then death of my father. I had to leave all my friends, my grandparents and favorite skate spots. I didn't adjust well to the new school and I had trouble making friends. These kids used to pick on me, bullied me to no end, especially after I stuck up for one of the bullies ex girlfriends. After months of torment and humiliation, they beat me until my legs bled and out of nowhere a little asian man saved me. He took me in as his mentor/father figure. He told me one day I would be able to defend myself, but before he would train me I had to do tedious tasks around his house. I had to detail all of his classic cars, prune his shrubs and paint his fence. The bad kids continued to beat me every day until my mentor decided to enroll me in a martial arts tournament against them and their dojo. He promised to train me and win it all but on the day of the tournament I was disqualified because he bent me over his Juniper bush for 4 hours straight and humiliated me.
 

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Damn I remember moving from NJ to a new town in Cali, being the child of a broken marriage and then death of my father. I had to leave all my friends, my grandparents and favorite skate spots. I didn't adjust well to the new school and I had trouble making friends. These kids used to pick on me, bullied me to no end, especially after I stuck up for one of the bullies ex girlfriends. After months of torment and humiliation, they beat me until my legs bled and out of nowhere a little asian man saved me. He took me in as his mentor/father figure. He told me one day I would be able to defend myself, but before he would train me I had to do tedious tasks around his house. I had to detail all of his classic cars, prune his shrubs and paint his fence. The bad kids continued to beat me every day until my mentor decided to enroll me in a martial arts tournament against them and their dojo. He promised to train me and win it all but on the day of the tournament I was disqualified because he bent me over his Juniper bush for 4 hours straight and humiliated me.
I hoped the Karate Kid was being referenced, kept reading and got a smile on my face, and you ruined it. A+ for something but F- for something else. You figure it out.
 

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I hoped the Karate Kid was being referenced, kept reading and got a smile on my face, and you ruined it. A+ for something but F- for something else. You figure it out.
Oh shit I meant to capitalize Asian. I'm sorry.