Lady Gaga Campaigns To Make Bullying Illegal After Suicide Of Little Monster

Fourteen-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer’s suicide, brought on by years of bullying about his sexuality, saddened and outraged many people, including Rodemeyer’s idol Lady Gaga. The “You And I” singer was so deeply affected by the recent death of one of her little monsters that she’s hoping to meet with President Obama to stop bullying once and for all.

Rodemeyer posted his own “It Gets Better” video in May, and spoke adoringly of Gaga. “She makes me so happy,” he said. “She lets me know that I was born this way. And that’s my advice to you from her: You were born this way. All you have to do is hold your head up and you’ll go far.”

Unfortunately, the teasing was too much for Jamey, and he committed suicide this past Sunday. According to E! Online, Rodemeyer’s funeral will take place this Saturday, and his mother revealed that she plans to bury him wearing a Gaga t-shirt that reads “Born This Way”.

“The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life,” she wrote on her Twitter.

“Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 yrs old, took his life because of bullying. Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime… 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.”

There’s no confirmation that Gaga has a definitive meeting with President Obama, though he will be attending the second annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in D.C. this week.

[Via MTV, E! Online]

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  • Michael Eckstorm

    Gaga’s campaign is notable, but she focuses only on the small portion of the whole deal. And she does so out of grief and frustration, and out of anger. This is not the way that will bring the change we need. It will only make bullies act in a more refined way, to prevent being caught.

    There *are* laws and regulations against bullying already, and there are tougher laws coming up on that in more and more states already.

    There are laws against drugs. But: We have drugs at our schools, anyway.
    There are laws against violent behaviour. But: We have violence at our schools.
    There are laws against stealing, and many other things that happen every day, and that students suffer from. But still, these things are going on.all the same.

    Why is that? Because victims always stand alone when something happens, and no one is there to help.

    What we need, is someone like Gaga standing up and urging her fans to (of course) not bully themselves, and (what is the most important part) TO STAND UP for victims the very moment bullying happens, and make a stand against bullies.
    This does NOT mean fighting back. Fire against fire will always cause double destruction.

    What the students need to do, is help together, every single one, to create a climate at schools, where bullying just can’t happen, because it won’t be tolerated, won’t be accepted, and will be dealt with:

    What we need is students defending victims, by becoming witnesses (and not only bystanders), by saying “No!” instead of looking away, by being in the way between a bully and his victim (instead of personally keeping out of harm’s way), and by getting help if help is needed, plus reporting a bully, no matter what he threatens to do.

    And the school officials then must react and take the case from there!

    We can’t wait for the law to rule things. This is a *social* matter, and it needs to be dealt with actively in the social environment where it happens. Because bullying can be prevented, if all help together, and if they do so because they are adamant about not accepting it – not wanting anyone to suffer from bullying, and not wanting to possibly be the next victim themselves.

    True: There are many victims out there, and bullies are numerous. But all the others, who are neither victim nor bully, their number is legion!

    It’s time that those “legions” stand up and act as one, in the ways they can, and that are appropriate. It’s a simple question of numbers, and a question of being resolved – not only the single student making a stand, but trusting that all students act alike on that.

    Gaga, THIS must be you rmessage!