Local Teen Suicide Sparks National Attention

September 23, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 7:22 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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September 23, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 7:22 AM EDT

Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW) - It has been a devastating week for the family and friends of Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, who took his own life after being bullied for years. Jamey's message has not only reached people locally but across the nation.

A video on YouTube brings awareness to teen suicide and prevention. It touches on how committing suicide would negatively affect family and friends. It goes on to talk about Jamey's anti-bullying message and honoring the late teen. People are also demanding that bullying becomes illegal, calling it a hate crime.

This same message also comes from Jamey's favorite singer Lady Gaga. She promised fans via Twitter that she would meet with President Obama to discuss major changes.

Other Internet videos, blogs and message boards have come about to honor Jamey and encourage other like him to stay strong, assuring them that they are not alone.

"The message has got to get out. This is beyond upsetting," one video blogger said.

A wake for Jamey was held yesterday and continues Friday at the Amigone Funeral Home on Sheridan Drive from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is also going to be a memorial and march for Jamey on Sunday at 8 p.m. The march will start in Allentown and move down Main Street to Club Marcella for a fundraiser. Donations can be made at any Bank of America and checks can be made out to "Friends of Jamey Rodemeyer".