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Tyler Clementi’s Circle of Abusers Widen

Jim Burroway

September 29th, 2010

Tyler Clementi

The Daily Beast sheds some more light into the harassment that Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi likely suffered in the days leading to his suicide. Tyler committed suicide after his roommate broadcast video over the Internet of him having a sexual encounter with another man. Tyler’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, announced those broadcasts via Twitter:

Three days before Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge, known by police as “surefire” for suicides, Ravi had tweeted, “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.” Although the feed has been deleted, caches turned up the roll. On Sept. 22, Ravi tweeted, “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it’s happening again.” That was the night Clementi was last heard from.

While Ravi and Wei purged their Twitter feeds, their friends did not. Ravi’s friend from high school and fellow Rutgers student Nikhil Mashettiwar tweeted to his friend on Sept. 20, “we should get our roommates together.” The day after Clementi apparently killed himself, Mashettiwar tweeted, “Gay kid in class: i hate when i like have to repeat myself.” Mashettiwar did not respond to requests for comment about his tweets and deleted his Twitter feed within an hour of being contacted.

How many others were in on the “joke”? Ravi’s Twitter feed reportedly had 150 followers.

Ravi and Molly Wei have been charged with invasion of privacy and face up to five years’ imprisonment. Meanwhile, the body of a red-headed young man wearing an orange watch has been recovered from the Hudson River this afternoon. Authorities believe it to be Tyler’s body, but are awaiting confirmation from the New York Medical Examiner.

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Matt
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

I only wished that I believed in Hell, because there is no question that these “proto” human beings belong there.

I thought Rutgers had higher standards, but it’s obviously letting in anyone with a pulse these days.

Regan DuCasse
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

I really want to describe to Wei and Ravi what the condition of Tyler’s body would be after so much time in a river like that.

I’d want them to be forced to see the pictures. Much like how Mamie Till had her son, Emmett Till in a glass topped casket so the world can see what hate does to a child.

I don’t expect Tyler’s family need deal with it that way.
But as part of their community service, Wei and Ravi certainly deserve to have to see.
And attend this boy’s funeral too.

I know EXACTLY what would have happened to Tyler’s nerdy cuteness under such conditions of his death.
And his picture all over the net now, won’t garner the impact for humps like this the way a graphic of what he looks like now, would.

They deserve to see what vicious, selfish actions do. Since they wanted everyone to see Tyler in his most private moment, they should see him in his final one.
Stupid punk assed little turds.

Theo
September 30th, 2010 | LINK

Maybe I am obtuse, but I don’t understant the meaning of Mashettiwar’s tweet “Gay kid in class: i hate when i like have to repeat myself.”

What does that even mean?

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