Lady Gaga Wants to Make Bullying a Hate Crime
By RAPHAEL CHESTANG
November 27, 2011
In a video message praising a Toronto school's anti-bullying campaign, Lady Gaga revealed her desire to make bullying a hate crime.
"In light of the recent suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer because of the bullying that he experienced in school, I'm going to be working as hard as I can to make bullying a hate crime," said Gaga.
According to the Huffington Post, Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old gay student of Williamsville North High School in Williamsville, New York, hung himself after suffering persistent bullying online and at school.
Students of Etobicoke School of the Arts were surprised last week during an assembly when Lady Gaga congratulated them on their anti-bullying efforts via video. The video came in response to a fan letter written by student council president Jacques St. Pierre, whom Gaga mentioned by name.
Gaga gushed with pride, saying, "There should be more little monsters like you ... It is important that we push the boundaries of love and acceptance."
Recently, the pop diva announced that she is launching her own charity, the Born This Way Foundation, in 2012.
Speaking on the formation of her foundation, Gaga said, "My mother and I have initiated a passion project, we call it the Born This Way Foundation. Together we hope to establish a standard of bravery and kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment."