Police Haven't Found Any Crime in Rodemeyer Bullying
BY Advocate Contributors
October 06 2011 7:27 PM ET
So far police haven't found anything about the bullying that Jamey Rodemeyer experienced that rises to the level of a crime.
Amherst, N.Y., police chief John C. Askey told The Buffalo News Wednesday that the investigation continues but that nothing found so far could be called "unlawful behavior." He also disclosed that the Williamsville school district had documented only one case of harassment against Rodemeyer over the course of his time there, reports the News.
The chief didn't say anything about the case except that it occurred during seventh grade and that disciplinary action had been taken.
Police are increasingly focusing their investigation on whether the bullying had crossed the line into criminal behavior and driven Rodemeyer to commit suicide in September. The News reports that his computer and cell phone are being looked at by the Erie County Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory.
Rodemeyer's death has sparked a movement online to pass "Jamey's Law," which claims bullying should be a crime and that "aggravated suicide" should be punished.
The website and Facebook group launched after Lady Gaga, whom Rodemeyer looked up to, launched the #MakeALawForJamey hashtag into the top trends 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 someone’s life,” wrote Gaga on Twitter after Rodemeyer died. "Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime."
The singer later met President Obama during a fund-raiser and thanked him for holding a national conference on bullying while also calling for more to be done.
“I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting," Gaga wrote on Twitter ahead of the meeting. "This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey."
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