Gay teenager struggled with bullying before taking his life
Jamey Rodemeyer needed help. At 14, he was grappling with adolescent demons that could torment grown men.
And when he was online, he wrote about it.
“I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens,” he wrote Sept. 9. “What do I have to do so people will listen to me?”
Just over one week later, Jamey was found dead outside his home of an apparent suicide.
In the months prior, he routinely blogged about school bullying and
thoughts of suicide in between upbeat posts about his pop star idol Lady
Gaga and the ordinary types of teen rants typical for kids his age.
On Sept. 8, he wrote: “No one in my school cares about preventing
suicide, while you’re the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me
He put up a separate post that day letting everyone know it was National Suicide Prevention Week.
Then he posted the lyrics to a song by Hollywood Undead:
I just wanna say good bye, disappear with no one knowing
I don’t wanna live this lie, smiling to the world unknowing
I dont want you to try, you’ve done enough to keep me going
I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine for the very last time
On Saturday night, he posted a lyric from Lady Gaga’s song “The
Queen” on his Facebook page: “Don’t forget me when I come crying to
Then around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Jamey posted two final messages to his
main public Tumblr blog. One said he really wanted to see his
great-grandmother, who had recently died, and one offered thanks to Lady
That was his last entry.
“He touched so many hearts, so many people,” said his mother, Tracy
Rodemeyer, who met with some of his grief-stricken friends at
Williamsville North on Monday. “I didn’t realize how many people he
touched. He was the sweetest, kindest kid you’d ever know. He would give
all his heart to you before he gave any to himself.”
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