Tragic Suicide Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The apparent suicide of a Rutgers University freshman after his roommate surreptitiously broadcast him engaging in a sex act on the internet has drawn national attention and left many questions unanswered. What is known is that 18-year-old Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge three days after his roommate, Dharun Ravi, and Molly Wei, another student, used a webcam to stream an encounter between Clementi and an unidentified male student.

The Middlesex County prosecutor's office has charged Ravi and Wei with two counts of invasion of privacy. Ravi also received additional charges for trying to broadcast a second feed two days after the first. The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years. Some gay rights groups are also calling for Ravi and Wei to be charged with hate crimes, or even manslaughter.

The incident has also cast a dark cloud over Rutgers' "Project Civility," a two year appeal to students to behave more civilly when using technology and online social media.

Lisa W. Foderaro, metro reporter for The New York Times, has been following the story and gives us the latest.

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Lisa W. Foderaro

Comments [2]

Theresa

Would there be any debate about Dharun Ravi's motivations if instead of broadcasting his young male roomate's intimate encounters he taped a female roomate's private goings-on complete with rude commentary on for all the idiot twitterverse to spread and see?

Dharun Ravi he would be found hateful and perverse to the degree that he would be locked up if the roomate he perpetrated these same crimes agaist was female instead of a gay male

lock him up

Mar. 09 2012 06:20 AM
J. Gravelle

Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei ARE guilty of a hate crime, no matter how you look at it. But they probably won't be charged with one:

http://gravelle.us/content/tyler-clementi-hate-crime-victim
http://www.dailyscoff.com/?p=2645

Tyler Clementi may have done his attackers a favor by not taking them with him to the beyond.

But I'm not so certain he did society a favor by leaving them behind...

-jjg

Sep. 30 2010 07:38 PM

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