What's as sad as the horrible news of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer's apparent suicide is word that the bullied teen cried for help off and online months ahead of his death. Details follow.
"I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?" Jamey Rodemeyer wrote these words on Sept. 9. On Sunday, Sept. 18, he was found dead outside his family's Buffalo, New York home.
Many who visited the teen's YouTube page were aware of the bullying he endured; some visitors even became bullies themselves.
Despite his consistent cries for help across a web of social media networks such as Facebook, Tumblr and YouTube, deplorable humans enabled his suicidal thoughts. A few recent comments left on Jamey's various sites prior to his death include:
"JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!"
"I wouldn't care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier!"
And it's not as is Jamey was unaware of the invaluable "It Gets Better" project, launched to help bullied teens survive what might be the hardest years for LGBT youth; in fact, Jamey even submitted his own video.
Though Jamey's mom says the teen was seeing a counselor and therapist to deal with the anti-gay attacks, the harassment continued, ultimately resulting in his apparent suicide. But still the bullying and depression persisted.
What else can we do as a community to save our young?