Four months ago, Jamey, a boy from the state of New York made an “It Gets Better” video, usually something done by self-actualized queer adults who are happy with how they’ve turned out. But Jamey was just 14 and in his video he admits his schoolmates often call him a “faggot” and that anonymous users had been posting vicious comments telling him to kill himself on his Formspring account after he came out as bi.
Even though he was under so much pressure from the people in his school he wanted to help other kids, wanted to give back some of the support he said he got from people online; that’s why he made the It Gets Better video. But a few months later he was dead.
And it will be hard for the people in charge to deny that there were clear signs that Jamey was not OK. On September 8, he posted on his blog, “No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you’re the ones calling me ‘faggot’ and tearing me down” and he put up a separate post letting everyone know it was National Suicide Prevention Week. The next day, he blogged, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?”
Yet influential religious groups in the U.S. are trying to prevent legislation against bullying and say bullying isn’t a real problem, that there shouldn’t be laws made for just a few per cent of the population and that efforts to prevent bullying are a part of the “gay agenda” to turn kids queer.
On Saturday night, Jamey posted a lyric from Lady Gaga’s The Queen on his Facebook page: “Don’t forget me when I come crying to heaven’s door.” Then he hung himself. He had just started as a freshman in High School.