Anderson Cooper Speaks Out About Suicide of Bullied Teen Jamey RodemeyerCarolyn Castiglia
14-year-old Buffalo resident and bullying victim Jamey Rodemeyer died Sunday night, committing suicide after just a few weeks as a freshman at Williamsville North High School. His mother, Tracy Rodemeyer, told the Buffalo News that her son had been picked on by his classmates since he was in elementary school, exhibiting suicidal tendencies from as early as fifth grade.
About a year ago, Jamey began to question his sexuality, coming out at as bi, which led fellow students to ridicule him online using homophobic slurs. Jamey received anonymous comments to a social media account reading, “JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!” and “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it 🙂 It would make everyone WAY more happier!”
It Gets Better project founder and sex columnist Dan Savage addressed Jamey’s death on his blog earlier this week, linking to the YouTube video Jamey made for the It Gets Better campaign. CNN’s Anderson Cooper focused the “Keeping Them Honest” segment of Tuesday night’s AC 360 on Jamey’s death and the problem of bullying in general in US schools. The segment includes bits of Jamey’s It Gets Better video and a stirring take-down of homophobic policy makers who are trying to keep anti-bullying programs out of schools. Take a look:
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