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Still no charges in bullying case

By Eileen Buckley


Amherst, NY – No charges have been filed yet in the bullying case of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Williamsville, but the investigation continues.

The Amherst Police Department held a news briefing at Amherst Police Headquarters late Wednesday afternoon to update the media in regards to the Rodemeyer investigation.

Rodemeyer took his life September 18th. His family said he suffered from extreme bullying at school and on-line as he struggled with his sexuality.

"Nobody has been charged at this point," said Amherst Police Chief Askey.

The investigation has been turned over to the Special Victims Unit. Rodemeyer's computer and cell phone were sent to an Erie County Lab, but results could take weeks to months.

Investigators discovered heavy cyber usage by Rodemeyer including numerous YouTube videos and Twitter messages.

"Jamey spent a great deal of his time on social networking sites. I personally reviewed dozens of YouTube videos where Jamey would speak to others about what is going on in his life, and where he would multi task -- he'd be on YouTube while at the same time Twittering people and talking to people on Formspring and other networking sites," said Askey.

As for the recent harassment toward Jamey's older sister, Alyssa Rodemeyer, that occurred after his death, investigators say they have developed "credible information" that one juvenile student who was in the company of a small group of other students at the homecoming dance on September 22 did say something to the effect of 'I'm glad he is dead'.