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Jamey Rodemeyer's Bullies Will Face No Charges: Police


No charges will be filed against the students who bullied Jamey Rodemeyer for years before he committed suicide, Amherst, NY police announced at a press conference today, WKBW reports:

AmherstJohn Askey, chief of police in Amherst, said he is not satisfied with the outcome, but none of the alleged incidents are prosecutable.

Buffalo News has a full rundown. They add:

Police investigated a total of seven bullying incidents involving Jamey, two at Heim Middle School and five at Williamsville North High School, he said.

But no charges will be brought because all of the alleged perpetrators were juvenile classmates, either 14 or 15 years old, who could not be held criminally accountable for what would be considered violations had they been adults.

In only two or three of the seven known bullying incidents involving Jamey in middle school and high school was the same student clearly responsible. The other incidents involved other students, Askey said.

Watch WKBW's report and a clip from the police press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

Watch the full press conference HERE.

(presser clip via igor volsky)

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  1. Is it just me or does that police chief have horns?

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | Nov 22, 2011 6:29:28 PM

  2. I just wish poor Jamey hadn't killed himself. He should have re-watched his own "It Gets Better" vid.

    We can only hope that maybe it will be a wake up moment for some of the bullies in that their words, harassment, and actions against another human being can end in grave circumstances. R.I.P.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Nov 22, 2011 7:01:57 PM

  3. I hope Jamey's tormentors and those who taught his tormentors to be that way are taught a lesson.

    Posted by: Jeff | Nov 22, 2011 7:10:44 PM

  4. Time to contract a hit.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 22, 2011 7:37:48 PM

  5. And so it goes... good bye, sweet boy. You brought light to a very dark place. Maybe the little corner of the world that you shared will think twice before they allow the next Angel to be bullied.

    Posted by: Joey | Nov 22, 2011 7:43:47 PM

  6. Not prosecutable, perhaps; but the identity of the perps is well and widely known by this time, so I very quite sure a substantial price will be paid. The foreseeable future is going to be very rough for them. Getting a job won't be easy for them--unless they want to work for closet cases like Tony Perkins and Marcus Bachmann.

    Posted by: Danny | Nov 22, 2011 8:45:02 PM

  7. CORRECTION to my previous post: So I'm quite sure a substantial price will be paid.

    Posted by: Danny | Nov 22, 2011 8:45:54 PM

  8. How sad and how sick. A little boy dies and no one is held accountable. Amherst is a horrible place to die. NEVER go there. If the police can't protect a child then the town deserves little. Here's hoping his tormentors pay for the rest of their natural lives. Can't be easy knowing you tormented another to death.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Nov 22, 2011 10:46:57 PM

  9. Having grown up in a small town in the deep South, I have a feeling that Amherst, NY isn't much different. No one cared about that kid. If he'd been the quarterback or the starting center, you can bet your life there would have been a trial. Not good enough for a gay kid, obviously.
    Shameful. Shame on you, Amherst, NY for not taking care of your young people.

    Posted by: willbnyc | Nov 23, 2011 12:27:19 AM

  10. And TOWLEROAD: where, exactly, did the police chief say he's not satisfied with the outcome? Didn't catch that. He seems like he's swallowing his own bile, as he should be, but what's the exact quote where he's unhappy with the lack of charges?

    Posted by: willbnyc | Nov 23, 2011 12:29:40 AM

  11. And so the fight against bullying continues, and must continue.
    There will be no end to it - it will always be necessary to have an "It Gets Better" campaign.......and we have to slap down the bullies by exposing them at every opportunity.
    I believe that publicising these bullies is the best way of fighting them.
    Expose them !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 23, 2011 2:18:05 AM

  12. Someone post the names and photos of these bullies on YouTube

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Nov 23, 2011 3:15:13 AM

  13. Bullies will always be bullies and as such it is hopeless to pray that they will somehow be moved by this tragedy. They will not, that is why they are bullies in the first place. What really needs to happen is a high dollar lawsuit against the schools or the officials who were notified and thus responsible and thus culpable for allowing this to happen. One may not be able to exact justice from the other minors in this case, but surely the school system has full responsibility for the students who are placed in its care. They failed to act, even though they knew, they failed to protect Jamey. This is the only way this problem will be addressed. Sue the schools!

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Nov 23, 2011 4:12:20 AM

  14. Well, there might be a hard to prove civil case somewhere that no attorney will take. The whole point of bullying is based on the assumption that the bullies have some sort of power and must be feared, when in fact their opinions don't matter. Don't give them power by believe what they say or taking it seriously.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 23, 2011 1:11:43 PM

  15. Good lawyers....good lawyers...

    That's how people win.

    Funny how people like Casey always get amazing lawyers to take on their cases when there is so much against them AND they win.

    But if gays and the left keep on acting like hapless victims, this will continue because they have too much 'pride' to be strategic.

    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 23, 2011 2:11:13 PM

  16. These children are not old enough to be prosecuted? Then prosecute their parents who taught these kids to be bullies and to torment Gays. Without the parents' involvement, the children would not have done what they did.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Nov 23, 2011 3:34:20 PM

  17. With this win as president, these bullies can go out and kill again. The law is on their side. "Forgive them Father for they know not what they do." really does not apply here. They knew exactly what they were doing and they were going to keep it up until the victim cracked. Whatever happened to Reform School for misfits like these kids? Or better yet, hold parents responsible for their underage children's actions.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Nov 23, 2011 5:34:22 PM

  18. As Rogers and Hamerstien (sp?) wrote and was beautifully sung, in "South Pacific" (In Part) - "You have to be taught to hate and fear; It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear; You've got to be taught before it's too late; Before you are 6 or 7 or 8 to hate all the people your relatives hate. You've got to be carefully taught.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Nov 24, 2011 2:55:05 PM

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