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Bullies Taunt Gay Suicide's Sis: 'We're Glad He's Dead'

'They have no heart,' says grief-stricken dad
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 28, 2011 3:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Bullies are continuing to plague a grief-stricken family even after the suicide of their 14-year-old gay son. New York student Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself after repeatedly complaining about bullies at his school and after making a heart-breaking YouTube video where he talked of his hopes for a better future. Now those same bullies chanted "we're glad he's dead" when Jamey's 16-year-old sister, Alyssa, attended a homecoming dance. "She was having a great time, and all of a sudden a Lady Gaga song came on, and they all started chanting for Jamey, all of his friends," Jamey's mom, Tracy, said on the Today Show. "Then the bullies that put him into this situation started chanting, 'You're better off dead!' and 'We're glad you're dead!'"

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Alyssa "came home in tears," said her mom. "It turned into bullying even after he's gone." Her dad added: "I can’t grasp it. I don’t know why anyone would do that. They have no heart." Authorities are still considering whether to file hate crime or criminal harassment charges against the key bullies who taunted Jamey. Lady Gaga dedicated a song to Jamey's memory at a weekend concert in Las Vegas. (Read more Jamey Rodemeyer stories.)

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