14-Year-Old Boy Found Dead After Gay Taunts

23/09/2011 10:20 | Updated 22 May 2015

This heartbreaking YouTube video shows 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer talking about his sexuality and how he 'came out' to his friends. In it he promises other gay youngsters that there is support and care out there and that it 'does get better'.

Jamey made the video in May as part of a celebrity endorsed campaign, It Gets Better, to urge young gay people to get help and support in dealing with other people's attitudes to their sexuality.

Tragically, despite his assertions that life was on the up for him, Jamey was found dead outside his home in Buffalo, New York, earlier this week. It is thought he took his own life after becoming unable to cope with the bullying and torment he suffered from his peers.

Jamey had blogged about being suicidal in the past after suffering at the hands of bullies because of his sexuality. He would write about enduring homophobic taunts and insults, and how he was told he would go to hell for being gay.

Fellow students at his school began abusing him online, leaving anonymous comments on his Formspring account. One wrote: 'JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND UGLY. HE MUST DIE!'. Another said: 'I wouldn't care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier!'

Just two weeks ago, Jamey wrote on his Tumblr site: 'I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?'

Jamey left two final messages on Sunday, with one saying he was looking forward to seeing his dead great grandmother, and a tribute message to his favourite singer Lady Gaga.

After his death, his devastated mum told reporters in Buffalo that Jaymie was 'the sweetest, kindest kid you'd ever know'. She said he would 'give all his heart to you before he gave any to himself.'

Mrs Rodemeyer pledged to carry on her son's campaign against bullying, saying his 'number one mission in life, why he was put here a short time' had been to stop other kids being picked on. She said: 'And if that means I have to carry it on for him, I will.'

What an horrendous story.

If your teenager has recently come out, this video and advice may be helpful.

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