NY Teen Kills Self Days Before Anniversary Of Tyler Clementi’s Suicide

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thursday marks one year since the suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi. The tragic anniversary comes just days after an upstate New York teen was apparently driven to suicide after being bullied.

Earlier this week, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Williamsville, committed suicide after his parents said he was taunted at school for being gay. His family said that he had been taunted with online slurs and comments.

The deaths have prompted a nationwide outcry against bullying, including from singer Lady Gaga.

“The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life,” Gaga posted in a Twitter message.

In another tweet, Gaga posted that “Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime.”

Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after authorities say his intimate encounter with another man was captured and streamed via webcam by his roommate.

The incident prompted New Jersey to enact strong anti-bullying laws and highlighted the issue of cyberbullying amongst others.

Clementi’s roomate, Dharun Ravi, is currently facing hate crime charges. Ravi’s friend, Molly Wei accepted a plea deal, and entered a pre-trial intervention program, which will allow for the criminal charges against her to be dropped.

Is enough being done to stop cyberbullying?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • Honest Abe

    My ex bullies me everyday for child support and alimony…

  • Laura

    I think schools need more suicide awareness programs for the students. When I was in middle school not too long ago, a speaker came to discourage self-destructive behavior but instead of building us up so we wouldn’t feel the need to hurt ourselves or abuse ourselves she talked about “those people who cut themselves” like they were freaks to stay away from. Any student who was on the edge who heard that would probably just be pushed further and feel more like a “freak.” I also don’t think that teens realize that suicide is permanent and irreversible and see it as an act of revenge to make their bullies feel guilty. Someone needs to sit them down and let them know, high school is temporary but death is permanent.

  • Debra Casiero

    maybe if PARENTS were more a part of their kids lives and were there to teach them right from wrong instead of leaving it up to schools and or society to teach them, kids may think twice about bullying. Kids today think the world evolves around them and they don’t have to be responsible for what they do.Well guess what, if my kid, or grand kid, is a victim of bullying, will be the first to press charges and make them pay for what they did. It isn’t the schools responsibility, the internets responsibility or the governments responsibility, it’s the parents responsibility to teach these kids what’s right and wrong.

  • j

    bullying is not just in school i am in my 50 and is bullied by one of my co worker



    • DanTe

      Have you tried suicide? I hear it helps.

    • James D

      Yup, I hear that. I was in a similar position over a year ago. And the bitch who destroyed my dream job and sabotaged my work was going round saying I was bullying her. Hell, I avoided the sociopathic c*nt at every opportunity. I had to walk out of the job. Now, I’ve a soical phobia and Type 1 diabetes. I was just beginning to reap the benefits of my Masters and now I can’t find a safe working environment.

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