Singing superstar Lada Gaga has utilized her following on Twitter to advocate for laws against bullying of vulnerable youth.
I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey, Lady Gaga tweeted on Wednesday evening. It isn't clear whether she is talking about President Barack Obama, who will be at the Department of Education's national summit against bullying.
Just before that, she tweeted: Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 years old, took his life because of bullying. Bullying must become be [sic] illegal. It is hate crime.
This call from Lady Gaga, who has long advocated for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community, follows the suicide of Rodemeyer from Buffalo, N.Y., who endured bullying from classmates at Williamsville North High School.
It was a constant taunting, his mother, Tracy, told NBC affiliate WGRZ. The same people over and over.
Rodemeyer was tormented both in person and online by people who posted nasty messages 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.
Although counselors had advised him not to post on social media sites, Rodemeyer posted a call for help on his Facebook page 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.
Rodemeyer also made a video for It Gets Better, a Youtube channel founded by advice columnist Dan Savage.
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, Savage 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.
Rodemeyer wrote Lady Gaga lyrics on his Facebook wall on the weekend that he committed suicide.
Don't forget me when I come crying to heaven's door, Rodemeyer wrote.