Legacy of Teen Lives on Through Anti-Bullying Campaigns

September 18, 2012 Updated Sep 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 18, 2012 Updated Sep 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM EDT


WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW)- Tuesday marks a year since a Williamsville teenager committed suicide after years of being bullied. The family of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer says the teen took his own life after enduring years of bullying about his sexual orientation. The teen's death sent shockwaves throughout the community and sparked a national outcry to try and combat bullying. Jamey's parents have traveled across the country to spread his message of anti-bullying in hopes to fill the hearts of many with acceptance, not hate. Others have joined the crusade in his honor including Lady Gaga, who was one of Jamey's favorite music artists. Gaga was so moved by the teens message of equality she created the Born This Way Foundation, named after her hit song, to empower youth and inspire bravery. Several months ago, the Erie County Legislature also unanimously approved a new law banning cyber-bullying against minors. Many took to Twitter and Facebook Tuesday to call for further legislation.