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From the Buffalo News:
The lingering question of what else could have been done may always follow the family and friends of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer. And there is probably no suitable answer.
While it can never be clear whether it would have helped in this situation, there are indications that efforts were being made to prevent this tragedy.
Jamey was found dead outside his home of an apparent suicide.
The Williamsville North student was seeing a social worker and therapist and had written about teen suicide prevention. In May, he posted a YouTube video with the description "Jamey From Buffalo, New York telling you, IT GETS BETTER!"
He even put up a post announcing that it was National Suicide Prevention Week on Sept. 8, the same day he wrote that no one at his school cared about preventing suicide, "while you're the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me down."
Bullying has reached new depths with the advent of the Internet and a wellspring of social media to follow young people home from the schoolyard.
Gone are the days when bullying stopped at the kid's front door. Now, it's gone viral. And, in the case of Jamey, who wrote online about being bullied between posts about his pop star idol Lady Gaga, the results were deadly.
Well, this is our podcast for September 24, 2011 I am Dave Balog, information person for A Thousand Moms: Building Community Support for LGBT/Q Youth in Foster/Adoptive Care. Pull up a chair, settle in and listen to our discussion. Thank you for tuning in.
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