BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The parents of a deceased teen say they’re trying to use his death as a positive message to stop bullying.
In 2011, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer committed suicide, as he felt he had no other option. His parents are asking Lorraine Elementary students to learn from the painful event. Tracey and Tim Rodemeyer want students to stand up to bullying, and they’re telling students in fourth through eighth grade that stopping bullying starts with speaking if they see it happening.
The Rodemeyers say to any student out there who may be struggling, they aren’t alone and there are options for support.
“We just want to make sure every one of these beautiful faces, they all know they have an outlet, someone to talk to, and that they are not the only ones suffering with bullying, and they can put an end to it,” Tracey said.
Ten of the elementary students will be awarded by the Rodemeyer family with the “Jamey Rodemeyer active bystander award” at the third annual bully-free 5K race in Jamey’s honor.
“Kids don’t realize there are people out there that will listen and help them and that’s one of our key messages, there are people out there that will listen to you and help you,” Tim said.