WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - A community is fired up over a teen who was driven to suicide by bullies. Could something have been done to save the Williamsville teenager from taking his own life after years of bullying?
Jamey Rodemeyer was a 14-year-old freshman at Williamsville North High School. In May, Jamey described in a YouTube video the years of bullying he suffered while struggling with his sexuality.
"I felt like I could never escape it," said Jamey.
Jamey's mother Tracey Rodemeyer said, "He hung out with the girls a lot, so then the teasing started happening like ‘Oh, you're such a girl,' ‘you're gay,' or whatever. That bothered him for many, many years."
As the news of Jamey's death spreads, many students and parents are questioning whether the school did enough to prevent this.
A concerned parent said, "We don't know if anything is being done to stop this bullying. Granted, there are speeches going on, the kids are going to the auditorium, there are anti-bullying tactics, but do the bullies, are they held accountable?"
Williamsville Superintendent Dr. Scott Martzloff said he feels the school district is being pro active about bullying.
Martzloff said, "It's something that we're going to continue to push to make better. Whether it's for an issue around a youngster's sexual identity or whatever the issue might be."
Martzloff was also asked about the challenges of being an educator in a modern age with the Internet, social networking and cyber bullying that takes place there.
"It's incredibly difficult and I think if there was an easy solution a school district or school community would have found it by now," said Martzloff.
The real question is, can anything make the bullying stop? For one girl, this incident has done just that.
Williamsville North Junior Jessica Ramani said, "I'm not even gonna lie, I'm one of those people who you might consider a bully in all senses. But now looking at something like this it's like, why even, why even do that?"
The district is encouraging parents to talk to their children about bullying, because the last thing they would want is a copy cat to take place.
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