There will not be any charges brought in the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer. Amherst Police Chief John Askey made that clear today. He was, though, disappointed that this was the case. He stated that “I’m not satisfied, to be honest with you. We can’t make something out of something that isn’t there.”
Buffalo news notes that:
The statute of limitations has expired regarding two incidents that occurred in sixth and seventh grade at Heim Middle School.
In a few incidents, evidence was lacking that a reported offense was actually committed, or information was received second or third hand and the actual perpetrator could not be identified.
In all five incidents that occurred at North High School, neither Jamey nor his friends reported the bullying incidents to school administrators or his parents. The incidents were reported to police after Jamey died. And of the incidents that were reported, none involved threats.
Jamey is not alive to attest to any of the incidents involved, which most frequently involved subjecting the teen to gay slurs. Jamey had identified himself as bisexual and gay over the course of the last year prior to his death.
Askey stated that “In most cases, you need a victim and a complaint.” There was no pattern of ongoing abuse by his fellow students though there was a pattern of abuse throughout, it was just not by one or two students, and none in the days leading to his death.
The same holds true for the bullying at school where most of it was by different students.The decision to close the case was made in conjunction with Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita. Rodemeyer’s parents were informed of the decision not to prosecute earlier in the day, as was Williamsville Schools Superintendent Scott Martzloff. Askey noted that Rodemeyer’s parents understood and he stated that “They weren’t expecting some kind of smoking gun. They knew it would be kind of difficult.”