Gay teen still bullied after suicide
Jamey Rodemeyer, a New York teenager who committed suicide after being bullied for being gay, is apparently still being bullied after his death. On the Today Show, Rodemeyer's parents discussed a recent incident at a school dance attended by the boy's sister during which his tormentors began chanting, declaring they were happy the 14-year-old killed himself.
The event took place at a school function that immediately followed the wake held for Jamey. During the homecoming dance, a Lady Gaga song came on, which prompted friends of Jamey to begin chanting for the boy, as he was a big fan of the singer.
"She was having a great time, and all of a sudden Lady Gaga came on, and they all started chanting for Jamey, all of his friends," the boy's mother, Tracy, told Anne Curry of 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!' and things like that."
Tracy went on to explain that her daughter came home upset, and Jamey's father, Tim, had some choice words for the bullies. "They have no heart, that's basically what it comes down to," he told the news source.
Lady Gaga herself has gone out of her way to support Jamey's family by openly discussing the issue of bullying and speaking out against homophobia. According to ABC, Lady Gaga recently paid tribute to Rodemeyer at the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas.
Other parents of gay bullying victims are urging public figures to speak out against the issue. One mother of a Minnesota teen who committed suicide asked Representative Michele Bachmann, known for her anti-gay rights stance, to come out against bullying, according to She Wired.