Amherst Police Chief John Askey today announced that there will not be any charges brought in the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer.
The Associated Press reports:
Police investigating the suicide of a bullied gay teenager said Tuesday that offensive comments he endured online and at school couldn’t be considered criminal and that no charges would be filed.
Amherst investigators last month sent 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer’s computer and cellphone to a forensics lab to help determine whether anyone should be prosecuted for the bullying he often talked about before taking his life Sept. 18. They also interviewed Jamey’s family, friends and peers, uncovering five bullying episodes at Williamsville North High School, where he’d just begun his freshman year, Chief John Askey said.
“He was exposed to stresses in every facet of his life that were beyond what should be experienced by a 14-year-old boy,” Askey told reporters during a news conference at police headquarters.
But neither the in-school bullying episodes, one of which involved pushing and an anti-gay remark, nor “insensitive and inappropriate” online comments were found to be prosecutable, Askey said, in part because the victim is dead and unable to help prove harassment or other charges that might have been filed.
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