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  1. Lucrece
    September 29, 2010

    It’s really tragic, and I wonder what other torments he had, because it’s hard to believe a person would end his life for having been exposed while having sex.

    Was he viciously bullied before the incident and after the livestream? Maybe he was closeted to many people and was terrified of the prospect of being found out?

    And to think those two will see very little punishment relative to extinguishing a life.

  2. Chris McCoy
    September 29, 2010

    I hope the Prosecution asks the Judge to include Hate Crime status to the offenses, on top of whatever other charges they are able to pursue.

    This was clearly motivated by anti-gay animus.

  3. Matt
    September 30, 2010


    While nothing should spark someone to end their life, having a live broadcast of you having sex would probably make just about anyone think their life is over. Regardless of the sexualities involved.

    Not everyone is an exhibitionist. Despite the large number of people showing themselves off on-line, the vast majority of people probably would be crushed to be surreptitiously filmed.

    Frankly, I’m not sure what I would do in his situation–and I am 100% out.

  4. justsearching
    September 30, 2010

    There was a NYT comment on this article that interested me. I’d be curious to hear other people’s comments on it.

    “Consider whether your reaction would be the same if the headline read ‘Two Rutgers students broadcast film of boyfriend and girlfriend having sex; the young couple sues.'”

    Is it clear that anti-gay animus was the motive for these two college students? Perhaps they were homophobic, or perhaps they were just immature inconsiderate college students taking advantage of the technology and circumstances around them. Were there other issues going on in the life of Tyler that these two knew about, or didn’t know about?

    The end result was tragic, of course. But, in my opinion, we need to judge these two individuals based on the act they committed, their apparent motivations for committing this act, and the knowledge they had of Tyler’s situation. The last two of these three are still unknown to us.

  5. Johnson
    September 30, 2010

    What a waste of a young life–Anti-gay Animus plain and simple. And the young Man’s family should hold these thugs Legally and FINANCIALLY responsible. That and only that will finally put an end to these despicable actions.

  6. Matt
    September 30, 2010

    As I already mentioned, I frankly think that the same-sex angle here is not necessarily what sparked the suicide–pending further evidence.

    I also do not think that the animus is clear at all. The Twitter cache doesn’t use defamatory language towards his roommate–it just comments that he was making out with a guy. No “OMG my roommate is a f*****, now I have to move” or the like.

    The idiot may be homophobic, but it’s not clear that was his motive. I think he’s just an extremely immature a**hole.

  7. Richard Rush
    September 30, 2010

    I was ready to post the following comment last night, but chose not to, but now I’ve reconsidered. I have been consumed with a combination of sadness and rage in response to these recent suicides.


    As most of us already know, there are no limits to the depths of human depravity. I just went to the Facebook memorial page where I spotted this:

    [By] Bill Jenkins: Oh, Tyler. I wish I believed in Hell so you would be burning there for eternity.

    I guess I’ll just take solace in the fact that you are going to be stuffed into a casket, buried into the ground and take up otherwise decent real estate. Damn. I guess I can’t even take solace in that.

    I hope they torch the remains.

    This is the creep (Bill Jenkins) who posted the comment.
    [update: it appears that his Facebook page has been removed]

  8. Steve
    September 30, 2010

    This story, along with the other recent suicides of young people who were bullied for being gay, really struck a chord with me.
    We keep hearing of how younger people are now more tolerant and accepting of gays. That may be partly true but….
    There seems to be a rash of young people lately killing themselves as a result of being gay and having to suffer harrassment from other young people.
    The burgeoning phrase that one often hears now among both young and some older people “that’s so gay” is offensive and suggests tolerance is not on the rise.
    I really think that rightly or wrongly part of human nature, especially in children, is to pick on those who are different. I like to think that we are different than the barnyard chicken flock that mercilessly will peck a newcomer chicken to death because that chicken has a different color, a different comb, or whatever. At times it looks like humans are are no more advanced when it comes to tolerance for those who are different.
    Finally, I get tired of the Glenn Becks, the Rush Limbaughs, and all their ilk suggesting that bullying is a natural part of growing up and that it builds character.
    So what does Focus on the Family have to say now? They were spouting off just a few weeks ago and trying to water down anti-bullying efforts under the guise that gay people were pushing an agenda. Have they sent out any sympathy cards to the dead gay teens or to the parents of this college student?

    March 10, 2011

    what are the danger of cyber bullying?
    It’s not to late to stop with bullying if
    some not has commit suicide, President 0bama talk about
    risk of bullying.

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