Cops Weigh Charges in Bullying Suicide

3 eyed for possible hate crime, harassment charges in Jamey Rodemeyer's death
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2011 3:11 AM CDT
Cops Weigh Charges in Bullying Suicide
Gay 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer thought it was getting better but it only got worse before his suicide this week.   (emopossible)

(Newser) – Police are weighing criminal charges against three alleged teenage bullies who taunted a 14-year-old gay student for almost a year before he committed suicide, according to authorities. Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself earlier this week after blogging repeatedly about the bullying. No bullying laws exist in New York state, so the Amherst Police Department is weighing charges of harassment, cyber harassment, or hate crimes.

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"We've heard that there were some specific students, an identifiable group of students, that had specifically targeted Jamey, or had been picking on him for a period of time," Police Chief John C. Askey told the Buffalo News. Lady Gaga has launched a campaign to make bullying a crime in honor of Jamey, who thanked her on his last Tumblr message before his suicide. (Read more Jamey Rodemeyer stories.)

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