I was not going to write about the death of 14 year old Jamey Rodemeyer but then I decided maybe there is someone out there who will read this and either not kill themselves or someone will take a more active interest in someone who has threatened to kill themselves.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
For months, Jamey Rodemeyer had been posting online about being bullied at school and called gay and had other insults hurled his way. Throughout the months of postings he constantly referred to suicide and wondered aloud who would help him with the bullying. Members of his school who should all be ashamed of themselves right now posted on Jamey's Facebook that he should kill himself and that no one would care if he was gone. I hope someone finds the people that wrote that stuff and post Jamey's photo on their lockers everyday until they graduate and then follow them to their job scrubbing floors at McDonald's and post it on the outside of the window everyday.
Jamey posted a tribute to Lady GaGa before he killed himself. He knew about the campaign that tells teens that things will get better. That is tough though for a 14 year old who is facing what Jamey faced everyday. The one big question I have in all of this is where are the parents? Not just Jamey's parents, but also the parents of the teens who posted those awful things on Jamey's Facebook. I am hoping they take some responsibility for their child's actions. Jamey's mom thought everything was alright. She said Jamey seemed to be handling all the bullying. Did she read his posts? They are all about suicide.
Jamey did have friends who passed along what he had been writing to school guidance counselors but they chose to ignore the issue. You know, because it is so much easier to do nothing then to prevent the loss of life of a teenager.
If you are a teen who is reading this and is bullied, it does get better. I promise you that when you get out of school, the bullying will stop, the people who bullied you will fade away into nothingness and minimum wage jobs and you will be a stronger person who will be so glad you stuck around to enjoy the rest of your life.