School Suspends Teens Who Bullied Jamey Rodemeyer

Following the announcement from police in late November that no action would be taken against students who bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer, the school took some information from police and has suspended several students, Buffalo News reports:

Rodemeyer"[The police] shared some information with us, and we followed up," Superintendent Scott Martzloff said. "We made the determination to take disciplinary action."

He declined to say how many students were suspended. Though based on Amherst police findings, it's likely that several of Jamey's classmates were sanctioned.

Regarding the severity of punishments these students received, Martzloff said only that the students face "a minimum of suspensions." That implies at least short-term suspensions of up to five days, with the possibility of long-term suspensions subject to a hearing. Expulsion is not an option for students of this age.

Martzloff said that after following up on the police findings, the district issued the student sanctions Wednesday.

Buffalo News lists a number of the police findings including reports that a female student had told Rodemeyer,"Faggot, why don't you just kill yourself?" and another group of students had spit on a plate of Brownies and given them to Rodemeyer in the cafeteria.

Rodemeyer killed himself on September 18 after complaining about being bullied in a series of online videos and blog posts.

Posted December 5, 2011 at 8:45am ETC by Andy Towle
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