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Criminal Charges in Bullying Suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Police in upstate New York have opened up a criminal investigation into the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who killed himself following relentless bullying about being gay.

ABC News reports that the Amherst Police Department's Special Victims Unit said it is looking into whether it can charge his tormenters with harassment, cyber-harassment or hate crimes. 

"The special victims unit is looking into the circumstances prior to his death," Captain Michael Camilleri said. "We are not sure if there is anything criminal or not."

Camilleri said New York does not have anti-bullying laws, so police will have to determine if aggravated harassment charges fit this case.

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Police have identified three students at Jamey's former school who might have been involved in the bullying -- both at school and online.

"We've heard that there were some specific students, an identifiable group of students, that had specifically targeted Jamey, or had been picking on him for a period of time," Police Chief John C. Askey told the Buffalo News.

Jamey killed himself outside of his Buffalo home on Sunday. Police are not saying exactly how he did it. Jamey has been writing online for some time about his confusion over his sexuality, leading to even more bullying.

In the hours before he killed himself he posted something of a farewell, quoting a lyric from his hero Lady Gaga:

Don't forget me when I come crying to heaven's door.