WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Jamey Rodemeyer's life and tragic death still strikes a chord in Buffalo and beyond. Jamey, a Williamsville freshman, took his own life one year ago Tuesday after years of torment by bullies because he said he was gay. Jamey Rodemeyer's life and tragic death still strikes a chord in Buffalo and beyond.
In a May 2011 YouTube video Jamey said, "Hi this is Jamey from Buffalo, New York and I'm here to tell you it does get better."
Fourteen-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer's haunting message served as a wake up call and a rallying cry. Jamey's suicide brought a nation-wide response to bulling from celebrities, to government, to everyday people. Lady Gaga started the Born This Way Foundation after Jamey's death to deal with issues related to bullying.
Lady Gaga was just one celebrity who was deeply touched and outraged by Jamey's tragic death. His story inspired her to help others like him, and Tuesday morning many of her millions of fans, or little monsters, have already tweeted heartfelt messages for Jamey, one year after his tragic death.
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Gaga said, "Jamey I know you're up there looking at us. And you are not a victim. You are a lesson to all of us."
Tuesday morning, the band Paramore tweeted "Jamey, you didn't die in vain, your death caused massive change, you impacted this world more than you know. I'm glad to have known you."
Jamey's father Tim Rodemeyer said, "People should be treated the same no matter how different they are."
Jamey's sister Alyssa Rodemeyer said, "I wish he had [known] that this many people cared about him before he left. But, it's up to us to make a change because of this. It's up to us to stop the bullying. It's up to us to spread his message."
New York is one of 15 states to enact a cyber bullying law. In July, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring teachers to report incidents of online bullying to school administrators within 24 hours. The law goes into effect next July.
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