Police: Investigation Continues into Teen Suicide, Charges Could Be Possible

September 22, 2011 Updated Sep 22, 2011 at 6:29 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Kyla Igoe

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September 22, 2011 Updated Sep 22, 2011 at 6:29 PM EDT


Williamsvile, NY (WKBW) -A special victims unit is now investigating the suicide death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Williamsville. Rodemeyer took his life Sunday morning after enduring years of constant bullying by his classmates. Rodemeyer was allegedly being taunted by others because of his struggle with his sexual orientation. But despite the bullying, his parents say Jamey was making new friends this year as a freshman at Williamsville North High School. In May, he posted a YouTube video telling others he was liberated after seeing a Lady Gaga concert and he was empowered to be himself.

"Lady Gaga. She makes me so happy. She let's me know that I am born this way," said Rodemeyer. "That's my advice to you from her. You were born this way."

Amherst Police are now looking into his death and interviewing a number of people. Authorities are not ruling out the possibility of bringing charges against the person or persons responsible for the taunting and bullying.

"Potentially some harrassment charges may be possible or depending on the motive it could be aggravated harrassment. It's going to depend on what type of documentation we find," said Amherst Police Captain Michael Camilleri.

The Erie County District Attorney says in New York State there are no bullying laws, but depending on the outcome of this investigation, the conduct of those bullies could fall under other statutes such as harrassment or aggravated harrassment.