Did Bullying Contribute To The Death Of A Teenager?

September 20, 2011 Updated Sep 20, 2011 at 3:30 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 20, 2011 Updated Sep 20, 2011 at 3:30 PM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW )- Williamsville North High School officials sent a letter home with students informing parents about the death of Jamey Rodemeyer. Rodemeyer was a freshman at the school who apparently took his own life.

He was allegedly being taunted by others because of his struggle with his sexual orientation. In May, he posted a YouTube video explaining the situation, telling others facing the same challenges to keep their heads held high.

In a You Tube video, Jamey told others that are facing the same challenges that things will get better. It was apparently part of a campaign spearheaded by singer "Lady Gaga," who told gay teens that life does get better, no matter how cruel people are to you.

Rodemeyer went on to say that he was "liberated" after going to one of Lady Gaga's performances here in Buffalo.

Williamsville North officials also said in their letter that parents should talk to their kids about death. The school will also have counselors and therapists on hand this week for any students having a difficult time.

School officials and police are investigating the situation.