Category Archives: Suicides

Another Teenager Commits Suicide Over Bullying


Fourteen year-old Jamey Rodemeyer from Buffalo, New York  committed suicide in the early morning hours of September 18, 2011.  Jamey’s parents, Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer, believe he took his own life because he could no longer tolerate the bullying and taunts he had endured for years.

According to Jamey’s “It Gets Better” video, when he came out as being “bi” he received numerous hate messages, some calling him a faggot, others telling him that gay people go to hell.  He offered hope in the video though, by stating, “I have so much support from people I don’t even know online… they’re so nice and caring and they don’t ever want me to die.” 

His parents intervened early on by going to his school where measures were taken to stop the harassment through a bullying prevention program.  Jamey’s parents had also gotten him into counseling where they believed he’d learned how to deal with it better.  Although his parents were aware that the bullying continued when he entered high school 3 weeks ago, they weren’t concerned with the way he was handling it.  They thought he was doing fine.

He wasn’t.

Just days before his death, Jamey blogged, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens.  What do I have to do so people will listen?”

Unfortunately for Jamey and for so many other LGBT youth, people listened a little too late.

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Dhuran Ravi: Throw the Book at Him?


Dhuran Ravi, the young Rutgers student who tormented his closeted gay roommate Tyler Clementi has been arraigned, the New York Times reports.  Queerty, popular gay snark blog, seem to revel in glee at the possibility that Ravi could possibly spend upwards of ten years in prison for his crimes and his part in Clementi’s death. However, some regulars in the Queerty comment section seemed to think the possible punishment is excessive. I happen to disagree with them. Ravi, and others who engage in bias intimidation, especially of the variety that has such grave consequences, need to be made examples of, to show that such behavior will not be tolerated, and that the price to pay will be very high indeed. I say ruin his life, because his actions have a direct correlation to the tragic death of a bright young man who was harming no one. What do you think?

credits: New York Times, Queerty

Another Tragedy.


Yes, sadly, it has happened again. Another young life lost to suicide due to school bullying. This time, 13-year- old Nick Kelo shot himself with the gun kept in a safe in his family’s home after being taunted at school for being perceived as gay. The reason for the perception given, you ask? He quit the football team in order to play saxophone in the band. Now, no one knows if Nick was gay or not. According to his mother, he was not. However, this brings another side of this issue to the table: stereotypes about LGBT people. Not every gay man is a fabulous, effeminate fashion designer who is into quirky modern art and music, and not every lesbian loves flannel, wears a buzz cut, and works on cars. Sure, some are those things, and that is just fine, but many are not. Stereotyping entire groups of people for no good reason, and perpetuating those ideas to be used as ammunition is just yet another problem in a very deep, disturbing,  intricate web of trouble that has created this incredibly sad problem in our school. Read Nick’s story at Queerty here.

And the Bullying hits home…..


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Yeah…MY kids school… MY kids classmates…MY world….

One Dead…  Another ones life in the gallows… Bullying…. I can’t even talk about it right now.  Doesn’t matter what it was about…doesn’t matter at all… Nothing matters to the kid that’s going to be buried in the next day or two.

Two lives, destroyed in an instant, a flash in the grand scheme of things, but none the less, gone….

Doesn’t matter who bullied who, the deed is done…at what expense?  Two families ripped apart.

Will it make a difference?  Will anything be done?  Will others learn a lesson?  Will it ever stop?

My heart is torn into shreds right now…..  I feel so small, so insignificant, so useless.   I can teach my own not to bully, but who teaches the others?  Apparently no one.  Not even the schools, not effectively anyway.  Big deal,  suspend them off a bus.   Then what?  It’s party time…now they are ‘cool’ and big shots.

I’m sick to my stomach…

Huffington Post Reports Two More Bullying Related Suicides.


Lance Lundsten and Tiffani Maxwell

More tragedy on the bullying front. Eighteen- year- old Lance Lundsten, an openly gay high school student, and sixteen- year- old Tiffani Maxwell, a high school student who was accused of  using drugs and harassed in school, have committed suicide, allegedly as a direct result of harassment.

Credit: Huffington Post