“We’re Glad You’re Dead!”
Posted by Dan Savage on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Bullying the kid to death wasn’t enough:
The parents of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who was found dead at their home on Sept. 18, indicated in an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry on Tuesday that their daughter endured further taunts at a school function immediately after Jamey’s wake. At a homecoming dance she attended shortly after her brother’s death, a potentially poignant moment turned ugly after a song by Lady Gaga, Jamey’s favorite artist, who recently dedicated a song at a concert in his memory.
“She was having a great time, and all of a sudden a Lady Gaga song came on, and they all started chanting for Jamey, all of his friends,” Jamey’s mother, Tracy, told Curry. “Then the bullies that put him into this situation started chanting, ‘You’re better off dead!’ and ‘We’re glad you’re dead!’ and things like that. My daughter came home all upset. It was supposed to be a time for her to grieve and have fun with her friends, and it turned into bullying even after he’s gone.”
“I can’t grasp it in my mind,” said Tim Rodemeyer, Jamey’s father. “I don’t know why anyone would do that. They have no heart, that’s basically what it comes down to.”
Oh, they have hearts—they have the same hearts that Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher, and Rick Santorum all have. Their hearts are vicious, hateful, cruel, tiny, and black. But they’re in there somewhere.