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Gaga: Bullying is a hate crime, must become illegal
2011-09-23
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Spurred by the death of Jamey Rodemeyer, Lady Gaga is on a mission to make bullying illegal, reports the International Business Times.

Buffalo teenager Rodemeyer committed suicide on Sunday. The 14-year-old, who made a video for the "It Gets Better" PSA project, endured intense harassment about his sexuality by classmates at Williamsville North High School.

In his "It Gets Better" video, Rodemeyer cited Lady Gaga as an inspiration because of her message of acceptance, and on Wednesday, Gaga took to Twitter to advocate for laws against bullying.

"The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger," Gaga wrote. "It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life....Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime. I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey."

Gaga's spokesperson told CNN there would be no additional comment or information other than what the singer had already posted on her Twitter account.

Jamey's mother, Tracey, told Anderson Cooper on "AC: 360" that "it just seems like it was either end of the spectrum - he was either loved so sincerely, or he was bullied. There wasn't much in between." His father Tim added that the taunting began in middle school and became progressively worse. "We went to the school and got some help...Eighth grade seemed to be a little bit better for him, but it was still continuing in eighth grade."

According to ABC, the teen wrote lyrics from Gaga's song "The Queen" on his Facebook wall on the weekend that he committed suicide: "Don't forget me when I come crying to heaven's door.”

The network reports that Amherst police have opened a criminal investigation into the bullying that led to Jamey's death. No bullying laws exist in New York State, but police are looking into aggravated harassment charges.

Source CNN
 





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