AMHERST, N.Y. - A teenager thinks it is time the nation gets serious about bullying. Brittany Lavonier has started an on-line petition calling for an anti-bullying law. It would be called Jamey's law.
Lavonier says Rodemeyer should still be here. She thinks people who bully to the point that another commits suicide should be punished.
Should anyone be charged in connection with the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer? The 14-year old was found dead of an apparent suicide over the weekend. His parents say it was the result of years of bullying.
Amherst Police say they are going to do a thorough investigation "to see if there is any criminality that did occur and whether there could be possible charges, but at this time it's too early to determine," said Captain Michael Camilleri.
Harassment or aggravated harassment charges are possible, however, detectives are in the very early stages of the investigation.
The Amherst Police Special Victims Unit is investigating the circumstances that led up to the untimely death of Rodemeyer.
Rodemeyer was a freshman at Williamsville North High School. His parents say he was a victim of bullying for years while he attended Heim Middle School in Williamsville.
Amherst Police want to hear from anyone, including young people who have specific knowledge about this case. Detective LaCorte can be reached at (716) 689-1393.