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Jamey Rodemeyer: Even After Suicide Bullies Say “We’re Glad You’re Dead”



Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year old Buffalo, NY area student bullied for his sexual orientation, cannot rest in peace. Nor is his family getting the peace or respect they deserve. Despite the fact that local police say they are investigating R0demeyer’s suicide to potentially prosecute the actions of classmates that bullied Rodemeyer to death, students are still harassing and bullying Rodemeyer’s family.

WATCH: In his It Gets Better video, Jamey Rodemeyer said he “came out for being bi and got so much support” from his friends.

At the Williamsville North High School Homecoming dance last weekend, Rodemeyer’s sister, Alyssa (image, above), was harassed and jeered, and, as she says in this video, her brother’s bullies yelled at the school dance, “We’re glad he’s dead,” a comment reminiscent of those found in Jamey Rodemeyer’s Formspring account, like,  “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it. It would make everyone WAY more happier!”

Via The Buffalo News:

“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Timothy Rodemeyer, the father of Jamey and Alyssa, said of the suspension.

In other developments in the case, which has grabbed intense national attention:

  • Alyssa revealed new details about the day Jamey killed himself and the events at the homecoming dance in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
  • Someone recorded parts of the homecoming incident, according to Alyssa, but police do not yet have the video.
  • Alyssa spoke to Amherst police detectives Thursday, and she and other students are scheduled to meet with district officials Monday.
  • Williamsville Schools Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff has begun to publicly defend the district’s response to Jamey’s suicide; he will attend a meeting Monday of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Williamsville North.

“Let me be clear: We will not let the actions of any student threaten the emotional well-being of others,” Martzloff said in a video posted late Thursday on the district’s website that revealed the suspension.

The suspension is the first disciplinary action taken since Jamey’s Sept. 18 suicide.

Jamey was subjected to relentless bullying at Heim Middle School, harassment he documented in online forums where cyberbullies attacked him.

One student — out of several — has been suspended for the school dance attack, but there are several others that reportedly have not been questioned or face any disciplinary or legal action. How this is possible, weeks after Rodemeyer’s tragic suicide, is unimaginable. Moreover, it is a lesson to bullies in Williamsville and across the nation that you can get away with these heinous inhumane acts.

The Williamsville Superintentent of Schools released this video message, almost five minutes long, that serves not as a warning to bullies, but as a feel-good PR stunt to calm outsiders and parents. Additionally, in the video below, initially Superintendent Scott Martzloff had declined to publicly share with students steps being taken to warn of disciplinary actions that could be or are being taken, in order to to protect the perpetrators.

Penn Bullock at Towleroad today posits,

And a broader question: when is anti-gay bullying going to show up on the Republican Party’s radar? Hundreds, maybe thousands of LGBT schoolchildren face daily savagery straight out of Lord of the Flies – while the conservative establishment remains dead-silent. Bachmann, for instance, has failed to sign a petition against homophobic bullying, even as the Justice Department targets the school district in her congressional zone for laxity on bullying.

The silence isn’t uniform. In Albany, State Sen. Stephen M. Saland, a Republican, is sponsoring an anti-bullying bill. But, by and large, the party’s national leadership has nothing to say about the pervasive harassment of LGBT children. Why?

In a nation that has no problem putting elementary school children in handcuffs for fighting, surely doing the same for acts of bullying and harassment leading to suicide should be equally punished?

In a nation that cheers the death penalty and the death of the uninsured,and jeers gay soldiers, why is it when LGBTQ children are attacked, the nation becomes warm and fuzzy — for their tormentors?

The Williamsville police and school district did far too little to protect Jamey Rodemeyer, and now they are doing far too little to protect his family, and to prosecute his tormentors.

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‘Radical Left Marxists’: Trump Launches Attack Hours After Judge Imposes Gag Order



Just hours after New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron imposed a limited gag order and directed Donald Trump to remove his social media post targeting and attacking, by name, the judge’s law clerk, the ex-president Tuesday evening issued an attack targeting the legal system, and apparently, by extension, Attorney General Letitia James.

Judge Engoron’s Tuesday order barred Trump from “posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” as Politico reported. The judge’s gag order did not extend to any officer of the court, witnesses, or anyone else involved in Attorney General James’ $250 million civil fraud case against Trump.

“Consider this statement a gag order forbidding all parties from posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” Engoron said Tuesday afternoon. “Failure to abide by this order will result in serious sanctions.”

Judge Engoron had announced in court: “This morning one of the defendants posted to his social media account a disparaging, untrue and personally identifying post about a member of my staff.”

“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I will not tolerate them in any circumstances,” Engoron added.

Politico described Trump’s social media post as “a message alleging [the law clerk] ‘is running this case against me.’ The message was pulled from an account on X with fewer than 200 followers. Trump then linked to an Instagram account for Greenfield’s campaign for a judgeship in Manhattan civil court.”

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“’How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!’ Trump added. He also posted a photo of her alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and referred to her as ‘Schumer’s girlfriend.'”

And while the judge ordered the social media post taken down, there’s nothing that can be done about the email blast Trump sent to “millions” of his supporters that included the post, as The New York Times reported.

Tuesday evening, despite having already been given one gag order, Trump appeared to tear into the legal system and Attorney General Letitia James in a series of false claims.

After claiming James’ civil lawsuit against him was unconstitutional and election interference, Trump wrote the decision to apply that statute to him “was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know.”

“It is so unfair that I am being tried under Section 63(12), which is unconstitutionally being used to punish me because I am substantially leading Crooked Joe Biden in the polls,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “It is a Consumer Protection Statute, and not meant, at all, for Election Interference purposes, which is what this is all about! Under this Section of the law, I am not even entitled to a JURY (there is no checking of a box alternative!).This was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

As The New Yorker reported last week, the law Trump is referring to was “passed at the behest of one of” James’ “Republican predecessors, Jacob Javits.”

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‘Terrorist Attacks’: Murphy and Cornyn Slam House GOPers Over McCarthy Ouster



After U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and seven of fellow far-right House Republicans voted to oust their own Speaker of the House for supporting a bipartisan vote to keep the federal government of the United States from a shutdown, a powerful Senate Republican and Democrat are both strongly denouncing the work of the few GOP extremists who toppled Kevin McCarthy.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a hard-core Republican of Texas and a former member of the Senate Republican leadership team, blasted the eight House Republicans for their “terrorist attack,” and warned it will happen again.

“We saw a similar thing happen to Boehner, Ryan, and now McCarthy. I’m sure the next speaker is going to be subjected to the same terrorist attacks,” Senator Cornyn said, according to HuffPost’s Igor Bobic.

Responding to a Texas radio talk show host from his official social media account, Sen. Cornyn added, “A handful [of] House members just want to blow up the institution and themselves in the process. Sad.”

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) called the ouster “a deeply embarrassing moment for America. A consequence of a Republican Party that has become so radicalized that it can no longer function as an organized political party.”

“Nobody should be rooting for this circus,” added Sen. Murphy in video recorded as he watched the House voting to remove McCarthy as Speaker. He warned that the ouster of McCarthy will now take the House away from the critical work of keeping the government open after November 17, “instead of working on a budget.” And he warned that no new funds to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war have been authorized.

“These are life and death stakes,” Murphy said, lamenting this “makes us look so weak and foolish around the world.”

Watch Sen. Murphy’s remarks above or at this link.

READ MORE: ‘Part of the Authoritarian Playbook’: Trump’s Courthouse Rant Slammed by Fascism Scholars

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McCarthy Ousted as Speaker in Historic First as Republicans Vow Vengeance Against Gaetz: ‘Kiss My A–’



U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been ousted as the elected Speaker of the House of Representatives after a weeks-long campaign by his fellow Republican, Congressman Matt Gaetz. The Republican Florida lawmaker vowed over the weekend to put a “motion to vacate” on the House floor, which he did Monday night. Tuesday afternoon McCarthy lost the support of the majority in a full House vote.

No Speaker of the House has ever been ousted by a motion to vacation, according to the Associated Press, until McCarthy.

“The Office of the Speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives is hereby declared vacant,” the presiding Republican lawmakers declared. The final vote was 216-210.

No Democrats voted to support McCarthy as Speaker.

Overall House Republicans are furious with Gaetz, with some vowing to expel him should the House Ethics Committee submit a negative report on their investigation into his alleged, possible sexual misconduct, unlawful drug use, and public corruption.

In addition to Gaetz, other House Republicans who voted to oust McCarthy include Andy Biggs, Ken Buck, Tim Burchett, Eli Crane, Bob Good, Nancy Mace, and Matt Rosendale.

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“After talking to a few House Republican lawmakers and aides,” during the vote to oust McCarthy as Speaker, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman reported he “would not be surprised to see someone move to have Gaetz expelled from the House Republican Conference.”

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) in a profane rant slammed Gaetz, in a recorded video, saying, “You want to come at me and call me a RINO you can kiss my ass! You go around talking your big game and thumping your chest on Twitter. Come in my office and have a debate mother —!”

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-LA) help up his phone while delivering remarks against Gaetz, chastising him for fundraising off his efforts to oust McCarthy.

“Using official actions to raise money. It’s disgusting!” he told his colleagues.

What happens next? According to The New York Times on Tuesday, “If McCarthy is removed, the House would be paralyzed.”

“A vacancy in the speaker’s chair would essentially paralyze the House until a successor is chosen, according to multiple procedural experts. An interim speaker would be chosen from a list prepared by Mr. McCarthy and his staff at the beginning of the year, but staff intimately familiar with House rules say the role of that person would be to oversee a speaker election and little more.”

As for McCarthy, he has said if removed as Speaker he would not resign from Congress. On Tuesday he suggested he would definitely run again for Speaker.

READ MORE: ‘Fool or a Liar’: GOP Knives Out for ‘A–hole’ Matt Gaetz as Vote to Oust McCarthy Appears Likely to Succeed

Watch the videos above or at this link.



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