When I heard the news that another teen had committed suicide as a result of bullying, my heart was broken. Fourteen year old Jamey Rodemeyer took his own life this past Monday after years of torment from his classmates. Pop superstar Lady Gaga, an advocate for LGBT rights, was Rodemeyer's idol. He even made a video as a part of the "It Gets Better" campaign, thanking the artist and activist for her work. "She makes me so happy. She lets me know that I was born this way," he said. "That's my advice to you from her: You were born this way. All you have to do is hold your head up and you'll go far."

Gaga has taken to her Twitter page as a means to vent her frustrations on this terrible tragedy, even going as far as to say that she has plans to meet with President Obama to discuss the issue. I honestly didn't think that a pop star, no matter how big, would be able to just call the president for a meeting, but I'm really glad this is happening. Love her or hate her, I don't think you can argue with the time she has spent supporting the gay community. Check out what she said below:

The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 yrs old, took his life because of bullying. Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime. I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it: #MakeALawForJamey

It's wonderful to see a celebrity using their massive fame to help people. Something needs to be done about this before we lose someone else to this ridiculous cruelty, and I applaud Lady Gaga for stepping forward and trying to make a difference. While I think making bullying illegal is a bit of a stretch, there absolutely needs to be harsher punishment for it in schools. One of my closest friends in high school was openly gay, and I can't even tell you how many times I almost attacked the kids that would torment him day in and day out. You should never fight fire with fire, but the teachers really weren't doing enough to punish them. Suspend these kids. Give them all day Saturday detention, not three hours in the morning like they did at my school. That's nothing. They need to understand that they aren't just messing with someone, they're potentially ruining an entire family. If you're one of these people inflicting this cruelty on others for whatever reason, for the love of God, stop now. You may not think you are even making that much of a difference in their lives, but you are. Think of how awful Jamey had to have felt to do what he did and ask yourself if you want to do that to another human being.

If you are experiencing something similar to what Jamey endured, here is a list of "It Gets Better" videos recorded by various celebrities to remind you that if you just hang in there a little bit longer, there is a beautiful life out there waiting for you beyond the walls of your school or wherever it is you are experiencing a problem with others. Here is a list of suicide hotlines in every country across the globe.

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