Jamey Rodemeyer, a gay teen victim of bullying, committed suicide this weekend, according to his parents, days before the first ever DOE national summit against bullying.
The 14-year-old was found dead in an apparent suicide this past week, just a few short months after the teen posted an anti-bullying video on YouTube, entitled It Gets Better, I promise! encouraging others to stay strong, according to ABC News.
While he did not leave a note, he posted Lady Gaga song lyrics to his Facebook account the same weekend in which he committed suicide.
Don't forget me when I come crying to heaven's door, he wrote.
Rodemeyer endured constant bullying for being gay from classmates at Williamsville North High School in Buffalo, N.Y. both in person and virtually.
It was a constant taunting, his mother, Tracy, told NBC affiliate WGRZ. The same people over and over.
According to Tracy, Jamey had spoken to his family and counselors openly about his sexuality and appeared strong as he entered high school this fall.
Lately, he's been blowing them off, or at least we thought he was, she told the Buffalo News.
Despite reports to guidance counselors, cyberbullies continued to taunt the teen virtually, leaving comments on his social media accounts.
I wouldn't care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier! one comment read, reported by ABC News.
Though Rodemeyer was advised by a school counselor not to post on social media Web sites, he reportedly posted defensive comments on his Facebook earlier this month.
I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. ... What do I have to do so people will listen to me? he wrote, according to ABC. No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you're the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me down.
Dan Savage, founder of the It Gets Better project posted on his personal blog about the sad news of participant Jamey Rodemeyer taking his life.
The point of the 'It Gets Better' project is to give kids like Jamey Rodemeyer hope for their futures. But sometimes hope isn't enough, he wrote. Sometimes the damage done by hate and by haters is simply too great. Sometimes the future seems too remote. And those are the times our hearts break.
According to statistics, 28 percent of teens aged 12 to 18 said they have been bullied at school during 2008-2008, reports the National Center for Educational Statistics.
The U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. had a national summit against bullying planned for Sept. 21, according to ABC News.
The suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer follows the highly publicized case last year of Tyler Clementi, a gay 18-year-old Rutgers University student who jumped off a bridge following bullying from his college roommate.