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Anderson Cooper Speaks to Family of Bullied Teen Jamey Rodemeyer: VIDEO

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Anderson Cooper spoke to the family of Jamey Rodemeyer about the bullying that led to Jamey's death, and how they are dealing with it. Tracy Rodemeyer notes that now that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are prevalent, bullying does not end in the summer when the school year does, but continues unabated.

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  1. Truly heartbreaking....

    Posted by: Richard Cox | Sep 22, 2011 7:34:47 AM


  2. Maybe the facebook page can be used to call out bullies--by name.

    Posted by: Danny | Sep 22, 2011 8:18:32 AM


  3. I believe that the bullies should be named and shamed on Towleroad. Let's put their names on a list and publish the list here.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 22, 2011 8:57:11 AM


  4. How sad this is. I would love to send his family a condolence card or something. All I can do at this point is light a votive candle and pray that this beautiful, kind child is at peace.

    I dare Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, the AFA, the FRC or any of these other hateful extremists to say anything negative about Jamey or his family. I think it's time to kick ass and fight back. Maybe it's the only thing the bigots will understand.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 22, 2011 9:33:45 AM


  5. I applaud Anderson Cooper for his coverage o this tragedy.

    Posted by: Alex | Sep 22, 2011 9:54:08 AM


  6. As always, Anderson is there for the most vulnerable of the LGBT community. It's way passed time for us to stop using the word "bullying" and call it what it is: harassment and assault. It's way passed time to stop asking that children be allowed to live their lives in peace and to start instantly pursuing every legal venue open to stopping these crimes when they start and punishing the criminals when they don't.

    Posted by: justme | Sep 22, 2011 11:15:31 AM


  7. everyone seems to be overlooking the fact that his parents were just as condemning of his sexuality as his peers were at school.

    Posted by: tony | Sep 22, 2011 12:08:28 PM


  8. @Tony Really how do you know his parents were condemning of his sexuality?

    Posted by: Kim | Sep 22, 2011 3:17:36 PM


  9. The Police have announced that they have opened an investigation into his death. They will be looking for the causes of his suicide and possibly file charges against those who bullied him. May he rest in eternal peace, the peace he never got here on earth.
    Bachman and all those of her ilk, are nothing but adult bullies, let's not forget that.

    Posted by: John Simpson | Sep 22, 2011 7:33:02 PM


  10. @John Simpson, if it's like any other case, the police will either find nothing or believe that the bullying wasn't that big of a deal. The world needs to wake up and realize that this type of harassing abuse isn't part of growing up. It's motivated by true hatred and ignorance, and far too many young people have taken their own lives because of it. And as up in arms as we get in cases like Jamey's, there are many, many more that go unrecognized by the media. So heartbreaking.

    Posted by: Larry | Sep 23, 2011 6:56:50 AM


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