An upstate New York high school suspended an unspecified number of students last week following the police department's closure of the bullying-suicide case of gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.
Rodemeyer completed suicide at age 14 on Sept. 18, drawing national attention to the issue of bullying gay teens in school.
According to Buffalo News, the Williamsville Central School District wrapped up its investigation into Rodemeyer's case by suspending students from Williamsville North High School. Police has previously completed their investigation into the case on Nov. 22 without filing charges, the paper reported.
The Associated Press reported that during their investigation, Amherst police found five bullying episodes at Williamsville North High School. It also reported that the police said they had difficulties in prosecuting the case.
The school district issued the sanction on Wednesday.
[The police] shared some information with us, and we followed up, Superintendent Scott Martzloff told the Buffalo News. We made the determination to take disciplinary action.
Martzloff told the paper that the students faced a minimum of suspension - up to five days. The possibility of long-term suspension is subject to a hearing, while expulsion isn't an option being considered, the Buffalo News reported.
When Rodemeyer completed suicide, singer Lady Gaga was very outspoken on the issue and used her Twitter account to advocate for laws against bullying.
I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting, Lady Gaga tweeted following the incident. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey.
Lady Gaga has long been an advocated for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.
Reports are that Rodemeyer was bullied both in person and online, as people posted rude messages on his social media account.
Before his death, Rodemeyer had posted a call for help on his Facebook page.
I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. ... What do I have to do so people will listen to me? Rodemeyer wrote, as reported by ABC. No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you're the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me down.