Anderson spoke with Jamey's dad, Timothy; his mom, Tracy; and his sister, Alyssa. We learned about Jamey and how he connected with Lady Gaga, how his sister was the one that found him, a little about Jamey's life and how the bullying continued after Jamey's death.
Alyssa sang a song she had written for Jamey.
Next we were introduced to Kevin and Wanda Jacobsen whose son Kameron, age 14, also committed suicide because he was bullied for being small. Kareron's sister, Kiersten, was in the audience. Also in the audience was NY State Senator, Jeff Klein, who is fighting bullying on the legislative level.
Bullying is not unique to boys, and next we met Elise, age 12 and her mom, Karrie; and Emily, age 15 and her mom Carla. Both girls spoke of being bullied in school and their mom's talked about actions they've taken to get help for their daughters.
Anderson spoke with Jessica, a girl in the audience, who at age 15 talked about being bullied for being Jewish and having a big nose, among other things, and how bullying destroyed her self esteem.
Anderson turned to Dr. Dorothy Espelage, Prof of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, about addressing bullying issues in the school and in the home ~
Anderson closed the program by thanking his guests and saying he would see us next time.
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