Jamey RodemeyerJamey Rodemeyer

Jamey was born in Buffalo, New York and had started his freshman year at Williamsville North High School. Jamey began getting bullied in the 5th grade and it never stopped. He would be teased about his sexuality mostly. Jamey would post video messages saying not to bully and that “We are born this way” and if you are bullied to hold your head up and you’ll get far. He would write about being bullied and how no one would listen. On September 18, 2011 around 1:30am, he wrote a message to his favorite singer Lady Gaga saying “Bye Mother Monster… Thank you for all you have done…Paws up forever.” Later that morning Jamey’s sister found him hanging lifelessly from their family swing set outside their home. The swing had been made special just for the children when they were three. Jamey loved video games, Lady Gaga, and his family. He would listen to Lady Gaga’s music and would find comfort in her lyric of self acceptance. After Jamey’s death Lady Gaga dedicated a song to Jamey and a message. She told him “You are not a victim; you’re a lesson to all of us.”
Jamey’s story should not be pushed aside or forgotten. We should all remember that we have an obligation to our children to raise them right and to teach them right from wrong.
It is our job to teach our children bullying is wrong. It all starts at home. The way we treat others is a reflection on how we were raised. Words can hurt more then anything else. Jamey hurt so much for so long that he took his own life. He felt so helpless and alone and just wanted the pain to stop. Selfish, ignorant bullies are everywhere and we as parents are the ones responsible for this. Nurture starts at home. Teach acceptance instead of judgment, open-mindedness instead of being selfish. Teach them the lesson of caring. When you have good core values the rest just seems to blossom on their own.  


Jamey Rodemeyer’s Family Speaks Out About Bullying
Monday, October 03, 2011 5:31AM
Just a few weeks ago, after years of being bullied by classmates, taunted and teased for his sexuality, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer took his own life outside of his suburban home in Buffalo.

According to Jamey’s family, the 9th grader had been teased since he was in the 5th grade. “He would come home crying and we would have to talk to him… sometimes on a daily basis,” says his mother, Tracy. Last year someone from his school anonymously posted a message online saying, “Jamey is stupid, fat and ugly. He must die.” I wouldn’t care if you died. :) No one would -- just do it. It would make everyone way more happier.”

On September 9th, 2011, Jamey wrote online, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens.” Nine days later on September 18, around 1:30 in the morning, he wrote a message to Lady Gaga, “Bye Mother Monster... Thank you for all you have done... Paws up forever.”

Later that morning, Jamey’s 14-year-old sister Alyssa discovered his body, hanging lifeless from their family swing set, outside of their home. “It is the same swing set that he was on since he was three years old. That we built special for them,” his mother tells Anderson.


Jamey loved his family, video games and Lady Gaga. He took comfort in Gaga’s lyrics of self acceptance. In a video message he posted, telling kids not to bully, he said, “We were born this way. Hold your head up and you’ll go far.”

In a recent concert, Lady Gaga dedicated a song to Jamey. Her message to him: “You’re not a victim, you’re a lesson to all of us.”

In this moment from Anderson’s interview with Jamey’s family, they give their reaction to Gaga’s tribute...


After Jamey’s wake, Tracy and Timothy encouraged Alyssa to join her friend at their school’s Homecoming dance. At the dance, just three days after Jamey was buried, a group of his bullies started yelling that that they were glad he’s dead.


Over the years, Anderson has reported on many deaths due to bullying. After each one he learns the new name of a child who has taken their life, he hopes it’s the last. A lot of schools and communities are much more aware of the problem of bullying, but kids are still dying. So many of these kids’ voices are never heard. They suffer in silence.

Today’s show is dedicated to the memory of Jamey Rodemeyer and Kameron Jacobsen, as well as all of the other children we’ve lost to bullying-related suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

For more information, go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.


Birth:  Mar. 21, 1997
Death:  Sep. 18, 2011

For years, Jamey Rodemeyer was the victim of constant bullying and taunting at school. It finally pushed him over the edge and sadly, the youngster took his own life. He was only 14-years-old.

If only kids would realize that words can hurt deeper than any other weapon. Yes, 'if only'.

Born in Buffalo (NY), he just started school as a freshman at Williamsville (NY) North High School.


Suddenly on September 18, 2011. Jamey T. Rodemeyer, age 14. Beloved son of Tracy M. (nee Pieczynski) and Timothy L. Rodemeyer. Loving brother of Alyssa A. Rodemeyer. Dear grandson of Sandra (Douglas Denman) Pochron and Lannie and Nancy Rodemeyer. Cherished nephew of Susan (Charles) Hynes, Debi Mack, Cheryl (Ted) Kujawski and David "Bubba" Rodemeyer. Cousin of Nathan, Tom and Jack Hynes and Christopher Kujawski. Also survived by numerous family and friends.

The family will be present Thursday and Friday 3-8PM at (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 5200 Sheridan Drive (at Hopkins), where prayers will be offered Saturday at 8:45 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:30 AM at SS Peter and Paul RC Church, 5480 Main Street, Williamsville, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crisis Services or a charity of your choice.


Created by: 'My Candida'
Record added: Sep 19, 2011

Find A Grave Memorial# 76794564


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