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Williamsville couple says son took life because of bullying

14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer
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14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer

By Eileen Buckley

This story was published Sept. 20, 2011 Amherst, NY – A Williamsville teenager was found dead Sunday and his parents believe bullying drove him to appaerntly take his own life.

14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer was a Williamsville North High School freshman. His parents, Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer, are speaking publicly in an effort to help others. They say Jamey left a suicide note.

They found him dead after returning from a family camping trip Sunday. The Rodeymeyer's say their soon was the victim of bullying for years in middle school and that he struggled with his sexuality.

The teen posted a message on YouTube back in May to try and help others struggling from bullying.

"I just want to tell you that it does get better," said Rodemeyer in the on-line video.

"Lady Gaga makes me so happy. She lets me know I was born this way," Now all you have to do is hold your held up. That's all you have to do. Just love yourself and you're set, and I promise you it will get better," said Rodemeyer.

Williamsville North High School sent home a letter with parents to inform parents about the teens death.

The letter encourages parents to talk to their children about Jamey's death. The school is ready to assist students with counselors, psychologists, social workers and members of the District's Crisis Team.

Both school officials and Amherst Police are conducting an investigation.