Rutgers student Tyler Clementi’s death

Posted by Vinay Sojitra on Oct 01, 2010 | 2 Comments

A Cyber bullying has taken one more live of 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. Tyler Clementi killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Police men identified his body yesterday, as prosecutors deemed the charges against the two classmates blamed of spying on him by clipping secret video of his sexual encounter with a man and streamed online.

Last week, Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson. After being found in the river a day before, his body was identified by police on Thursday.


On September 22, Tyler Clementi jumped off the bridge after three days of his roommate, Dharun Ravi, and another freshman on the Piscataway campus used a webcam to watch him in a sexual encounter via a live internet video.

Middlesex County, N.J. prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced the arrests of Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei Wednesday and charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy for supposedly using a camera to view and transmit a live image of Clementi on September 19.

The 21year old, Rutgers student Lauren Felton of Warren said, “Had he been in bed with a woman, this would not have happened. He wouldn’t have been outed via an online broadcast, and his privacy would have been respected and he might still have his life.

Rutgers student Tyler Clementi's death

Friends and mentors said that Tyler Clementi had just begun at Rutgers that bills itself as the state university of New Jersey, and he was also a talented violinist whose life revolved around music.

His childhood friend Mary Alcaro who played in a summer music academy with him, said Thursday in an e-mail to The Associated Press, “Musically, Tyler was destined for greatness. I’ve never heard anyone make a violin sing the way he did.

The lately retired music director at Ridgewood High School, from which Clementi graduated this year, Ed Schmiedecke called Clementi “a terrific musician, and a very promising, hardworking young man.

Both room-mates of Clementi, Dharun Ravi and fellow Rutgers freshman Molly Wei have been charged with invading Clementi’s privacy.

Middlesex County prosecutors state that they used a webcam to secretly put out a live image of Clementi having sex September 19 and that Ravi tried to webcast a second encounter on September 21, the day before Clementi’s suicide.

To collect or view sexual images without permission is a fourth-degree crime, and transmit them is a third-degree crime with a maximum prison term of five years. Ravi’s lawyer of Plainsboro did not instantly return a message seeking comment, and it was undecided whether Wei, of Princeton, had preserved a lawyer.

An office spokesman of the Middlesex County prosecutor did not arrival messages inquiring whether there could be added charges and experts diverged on the potential for the pair to face more severe charges in light of Clementi’s evident suicide.

Parry Aftab who runs the website WiredSafety, said that it has likely the classmates could be prosecuted for breaking Clementi’s civil rights. She added, “If these kids could get away with one privacy law violation, that would be a sin.

Rutgers student Tyler Clementi's death

Vice chairwoman of the gay rights group Garden State Equality, Peterpaul said prosecutors might be able to follow the case as a hate crime if they could establish that the defendants, it were motivated to act because they apparent Clementi as gay. However, that can be hard to prove, she said.

Students discussed whether the surreptitious air was insensitive prank or a heinous crime. Gay and lesbian students commanded that the university re-examine its policies on bias and bullying and called for safe housing and extra programs.

Gov. Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor said he would let Attorney General Paula Dow decide whether to prosecute two classmates on civil rights charges. But he sent a warning to students who tease or pull pranks on others.

He said, “You don’t know the feelings of the people on the receiving end of that. You can’t possibly know. There might be some people who could take that type of treatment and deal with it, and there might be others, as this young man obviously was, who are much more greatly affected by it.

The Clement’s familiar students were upset because they did not do more to help him.

A freshman from neighboring New Brunswick, Georges Richa said, “I wish I could have been more of an ally.”

Alcaro who grew up with Clementi in Bergen County, west of New York City said, “No person should have to endure such shame and humiliation. I’m disillusioned that in a generation that prides itself on acceptance and tolerance, people can still be so closed-minded and downright hateful.”

Wednesday, more than 100 people gathered in night for a vigil on campus. They put down on the ground and chanted slogans like, “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re not going home.

Inadvertently, this week the university launched Project Civility that designed to catch students thinking about how they care for others.

Gay rights groups state the suicide of Clementi builds up a national example of a problem they are gradually more working to fight: young people who kill themselves after being tormented over their sexuality.

A 13-year-old California boy died on Tuesday after nine days of classmates found him hanging from a tree. For being gay, authorities say other teens had taunted the boy.

Chairman of Garden State Equality, Steven Goldstein said in a statement that his group considers Clementi’s death a hate crime. Goldstein said, “We are heartbroken over the tragic loss of a young man who, by all accounts, was brilliant, talented and kind. And we are sickened that anyone in our society, such as the students allegedly responsible for making the surreptitious video, might consider destroying others’ lives as a sport.

Video of Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi Jumps to His Death – ABC News from youtube:

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  1. bridgette says:

    i feel bad for what happen to tyler clementi i hope they do time for what they did

  2. Giqi says:

    Thatss Messedd UP ! If I Were a judqe i wouldd qive them 25 years or moree ! they shouldve thought about it before invading tylers privacyy younq boy with a briqht future SMH !! its rediculouss it breaks my heart what this worlds cominqq too ! Im bisexual & Proud & idontt really q.a.f. what anyone has to say ! r.i.p. tyler clementi you will always be remembereddd </3 .

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