CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Will Jamey Rodemeyer’s Bullies Actually Face Criminal Charges?

In the wake of Jamey Rodemeyer’s suicide, Amherst Police Chief John C. Askey says that police have begun looking into “an identifiable group of students, that had specifically targeted Jamey, or had been picking on him for a period of time.” If they find that any student committed criminal harassment against Rodemeyer, they could face face minimum harassment violations, aggravated harassment for cyberbullying, or even hate crime charges for attacking Jamey’s sexual orientation.

Sadly, Askey said that if Rodemeyer or others had reported his bullying earlier, the police might have helped stop it: “I think the biggest lesson is that it happens, and people should reported it to the police, even if they’re not sure if there’s potential that it’s criminal activity. If it’s something we can be pursuing, we will. If people ignore it, it will just continue, and nothing can be done about it.”