Teen Suicide Sparking Anti-Bullying Campaigns

September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 9:01 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 9:01 PM EDT

Williamsville, NY (WKBW) - The Western New York community and beyond are now standing up and speaking out against bullying following the death of Williamsville North High School Student Jamey Rodemeyer. Rodemeyer took his own life over the weekend after enduring years and years of harassment by bullies. Rodemeyer was allegedly being taunted by others because of his struggle with his sexual orientation. In a YouTube video posted by Rodemeyer in May, the teen identified himself as bisexual. Jamey's death has heightened the awareness of how serious and damaging bullying can be to our youth.

"No person should be bullied in school, in our community, and in our society," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

"I Thought about it today. What I would do differently with my students to make them understand that they could come to me if they needed to and that's it's not ok to treat people like that," said Janel Wade, a local teacher.

Combating bullying is also the mission this week at our nation's capital. Hundreds of educators gathered for the annual Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington D.C. to come up with a strategy to end bullying and save lives.
Congressman Brian Higgins also spoke today on the house floor following the blockage of the military's 'Dont Ask Don't Tell' policy.

"This heartbreaking tragedy was needless and should be a reminder to all of us that there are many more like Jamey Rodemeyer who are made by some to believe that it's not ok to be who they are," said Higgins. "I'm committed to keeping up the fight for full equality for all Americans."