The Senate: Enact an Anti-Bullying Law (Jamey's Law)
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The Senate: Enact an Anti-Bullying Law (Jamey's Law)

    1. Brittany Lavonier
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      Brittany Lavonier

      Buffalo, NY

Many are affected by bullying, and many have commited suicide from it, as well. In an effort to cut out bullying, we wish to create a law agaist it to make everyone think twice about their cruel actions.


Jamey Rodemeyer was a freshman at Williamsville North High School. He commited suicide after he was bullyed for being gay. Many people did not accept his "choice" to be gay. He was also Lady Gaga's number one fan and accepted that he was" Born This Way." His life should have never been taken for something that may have been prevented. Thank you Giselle Binette for providing an incite to this young boy's life!



Edited: 9/22/2011

 Many young people face relentless bullying at school, a place where they should feel safe, even nurtured. But when a young person takes his own life because of it--as is happening far too frequently--it affects his family, his friends, his community and, in the case of Jamey Rodemeyer, perhaps the country.

Jamey Rodemeyer was a freshman at Williamsville North High School in Erie County, Western New York. Some people  didn't accept his "choice." Students at school made hateful comments to him in person and online. He blogged about it, he made a video saying "It Gets Better." But it didn't get better enough: After years of vicious bullying for his sexuality, Jamey chose to take his own life on September 18.

The news shocked and saddened both those who knew him and those who didn't, but in the past few days, it's done even more than that. Lady Gaga--Jamey's favorite for her stance on acceptance--has taken up his cause and vowed to get a criminal law passed against bullying. Ricky Martin has tweeted worldwide to get the movement going. And President Obama is holding an anti-bullying summit at the White House. And the Amherst police in Jamey's hometown are investigating criminal charges against the bullies.

Still, we ask your help. If you believe that bullying should be a criminal offense, please sign this petition. May there never be another child who chooses to die at the hands of vicious peers. If only. Thank you Donna Hoke for editing this petition.

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Enact an Anti-Bullying Law (Jamey's Law)

Many are affected by bullying, and many have commited suicide from bullying. In an effort to cut out bullying creating a law against bullying, will make everyone think twice about thier actions.


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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Lady Gaga Dedicated Song to Jamey

      Brittany Lavonier
      Petition Organizer

      Almost to 2500. Thank you everyone and please keep passing along. Although the news has died down, this topic is so important to so many of us. Whether a Lady Gaga fan or not, this video is amazing.

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures

      Brittany Lavonier
      Petition Organizer

      WGRZ Buffalo has been following this story and interviewed me yesterday. I have spoken with Senator Schumer's office and will be meeting with Jane Corwin NYS Assemblywoman Monday 9/26 at 2pm. WE CAN AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Thank you all.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Your all doing great! 1,100 signatures!

      Brittany Lavonier
      Petition Organizer

      So proud of all of you! this would not be possible without EACH and EVERY one of YOU !

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. so proud of you guys for makinig a change!

      Brittany Lavonier
      Petition Organizer

      we have reached 730 signatures! PLEASE KEEP SPREADING THE WORD

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. You guys are doing a great job at spreading the word! please keep it up!

      Brittany Lavonier
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much to everyone who has signed and spread the word, please keep telling people to sign!

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. Please add me on facebook Brittany Lavonier and send me pictures of Jamey!

      Brittany Lavonier
      Petition Organizer

      If anyone can add me and tag me in pictures of Jamey I will gladly upload them to this page!

    13. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Melissa Moseley MODESTO, CA
      • 4 months ago

      Equality is the only thing that can lift and rid the world of hate. Bring love to your heart and open up.

    • Max Fukumoto HONOLULU, HI
      • 6 months ago

      I am the Judge Advocate Officer of the Hawaii Kai GSA and have A LOT of gay friends who have problems accepting themselves. I will sign this in the name of God and for our country.


      Max H Fukumoto

      Hawaii GSA Platoon Judge Advocate 96825 Hawaii Kai GSA

    • Matthew Vinkle VICTORIA, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Because I know what it's like to be bullied for sexual orientation. I've thought about suicide over and over again and I don't want anyone to feel like I do. More importantly though, I never ever want people to feel like Jamie did. R.I.P Jamie, we miss you.

    • Jace Pierre POLSON, MT
      • 9 months ago

      it needs to stop its gone on to long

      • 9 months ago


      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground.

      Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      Here's why it's important:

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      You can sign my petition by clicking here.


      A PITT


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