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Rutgers Student Commits Suicide Following Anti-Gay Harrassment

Jim Burroway

September 29th, 2010

It’s not just high school kids being bullied and humiliated to their deaths:

A Rutgers University freshman killed himself after two classmates used a hidden dorm room camera to splash his sex life across the internet, sources told the Daily News.

A distraught Tyler Clementi, 18, left his wallet on the George Washington Bridge before plunging to his death in the Hudson River last Wednesday, sources said.

A Twitter post from one of the students accused of streaming the sexual encounter live on the internet indicated Clementi, a renowned high school violinist, was with another man.

“Roommate asked for the room till midnight,” read the post from Dharun Ravi, 18. “I went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.”

The Twitter post went up Sept. 19 – three days before Clementi’s suicide.

Ravi and another accomplice, Molly Wei, also 18, were charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy for the Sept. 19 livesreaming broadcast. Ravi was charged with two more counts for trying to arrange a second livestreamign session. New Jersey’s privacy laws make it a crime to transmit or view images of nudity or sexual contact with an individual without that person’s consent. Ravi and Wei both face up to five years’ imprisonment for each count.

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DN
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

I want Dahrun Ravi and Molly Wei nailed to the freaking wall on this.

customartist
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

Well let’s just wait and see if the New Jersey Justice System takes Justice-for-All seriously or not.

Time will tell.

Mike Camardelle
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

These kids have to be reached at their level with media like Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” with stop8.org on YouTube. Somehow, someway, these messages must make it into mainstream media to save their lives.

I was at the stage of depression before and tried on 3 separate occasions. By the grace of God, I either didn’t really want to do it or was really bad at it, but I survived and can say “It Gets Better” 14 years later.

Anti-bullying laws are only as good as the justice system that protects us, and are only as good as the teachers and administrators do their parts.

The Trevor Project is another program dedicated to save children and young adults, as well as the Safe Zones that are in some school.

There must be pressure applied to Rutgers University to overcome these barriers and reach their population.

David
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

I hope they enjoy their stay in prison, make lots of new “friends” ;|

Mark F.
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

David,

These guys who did this are slime, but I find it offensive that you think getting raped in prison is a desirable punishment.

Martin
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

Mark F.,
You’re right. These two should be sexually humiliated outside of prison, streamed live on the internet.

John in the Bay Area
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

A felony conviction and doing serious time will change their lives and limit their lifetime options in ways they never thought about when they set out to cruelly expoit this poor 18 year old kid.

I just wish this guy lived to see his abusers punished for their depravity.

Johnson
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

I cannot stress enough that this young man’s family should hold these two legally and FINANCIALLY responsible for the loss of a young, promising life due to their actions.

Phil
May 23rd, 2011 | LINK

What they did was despicable, but don’t they deserve the same punishment that should be meted out to anyone who chooses to violate someone else’s privacy by secretly filming and broadcasting sexual activity?

That is, they did not know, nor could they likely have predicted, that Tyler Clementi would go on to kill himself. Therefore, their actions would have been just as horrible if all that happened was Tyler moved out.

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