AMHERST, NY (WKBW) - The students who apparently bullied Jamey Rodemeyer before the 14-year-old took his own life will not be charged with a crime, police announced Tuesday.
John Askey, chief of police in Amherst, said he is not satisfied with the outcome, but none of the alleged incidents are prosecutable.
"Jamey is no longer with us," Askey said. "He can't testify on his own behalf.
"I can assume - the public can assume - but we don't have a victim," he added. "We don't have a statement from Jamey. He's not part of the prosecution. That's a huge element of proof that's missing from this case."
In addition, some of the incidents occurred years ago when Rodemeyer was still in middle school and do not fall into the statute of limitations.
None of the alleged incidents of bullying involved threats, Askey said.
"The police department specifically spent a lot of time investigating this," said Askey.
"We took it very seriously and we've done everything that we could do," he added.
Rodemeyer, who identified as gay, took his own life after documenting online years of bullying he suffered at the hands of some classmates.