Lady Gaga expressed her heartbreak and anger Wednesday over the death of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old high school student who took his own life Monday after years of being bullied. The singer vowed to continue fighting to make bullying a crime.
“The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger,” the singer tweeted. “It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life.”
Jamey’s mother told the Buffalo News that her son was targeted because he questioned his sexuality. His classmates referred to him using gay slurs, she said. Anonymous online commenters on his Formspring profile told him no one would care if he died.
While the pain from the constant bullying was evident in his personal blog, it was also clear that he proudly considered himself a Little Monster.
When Jamey came out to friends this May, he created an “It Gets Better” video where he thanked Gaga for supporting the gay community. (Gaga, who fought for the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and sings the acceptance anthem “Born This Way,” has long been an advocate for gay rights.)
His mother told CBS News that Jamey will be buried in a Gaga t-shirt that reads, “Born This Way.”
“Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime,” Gaga tweeted. “I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it.