22 September 2011 - 6:45pm | posted by | 0 comments

Lady Gaga 'to meet Obama' on online bullying after boy, 14, kills himself

The brave 14-year-old, tormented by cyber bullying, posted a video online to encourage other sufferers. His title was "It gets better". Then he killed himself .

The brave 14-year-old, tormented by cyber bullying, posted a video online to encourage other sufferers. His title was "It gets better". Then he killed himself .

Jamey Rodemeyer of Buffalo, New York, intended  to persuade fellow victims that they could survive the cruelty of bullying. He  himself had been tormented online with gay slurs.  Instead Jamey  took his own life last weekend after what his parents say was years of bullying because of his sexuality. He was found dead outside his home . There were no details of how he died.

  Gaga wrote  a series of tweets on Twitter: "The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life.""Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 years old, took his life because of bullying," she wrote with a link  to his "It Gets Better" video, "Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime."  Gaga said she was to meet Obama to address the growing problem. "I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it. #MakeALawForJamey."  

A spokesperson for the White House could not confirm whether Gaga had officially set up a meeting with the President to discuss the issue.  Jamey was a Lady Gaga fan and had made a collage of himself at different stages in his life with her in the background. He had written lyrics to one of her songs on his Facebook wall the weekend he committed suicide. "Don't forget me when I come crying to heaven's door," Jamey wrote.  Jamey's mother Tracy Rodemeyer told CBS  she will bury her son this Saturday in a Lady Gaga t-shirt that reads "Born This Way."  

Lady Gaga has long spoken up for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. She has talked about how she suffered  bullying herself as a teen.  In one incident  a group of boys threw her in a dustbin in the street, and just laughed at her. She was too embarrassed to tell anyone, even her parents .  "It didn't sink in with me how bullying affected me until later in my life," she said in a TV special. Jamey was a pupil at Heim Middle School in Amherst., near Buffalo. The Special Victims Unit of Amherst police  say they are investigating  whether to bring charges of  harassment, cyber-harassment or hate crimes. Police said three students in particular might have been involved.

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