Rutgers Freshman Commits Suicide after classmates view his Sexual Activity | UPDATED
Tormented Tyler Clementi, 18, a freshman at Rutgers University committed suicide after two of his classmates used a hidden form room camera to expose his private sex life all over the web.
According to sources, Clementi, of Ridgewood is believed to have jumped off the George Washington Bridge on Thursday, Sept. 23. The victim’s car was found nearby with both his cell phone and computer inside, his body has yet to be recovered.
The renowned high school violinist was a homosexual which didn’t bode well with classmates Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, who set up a hidden dorm room camera to stream their fellow student’s sex session.
A Twitter post from Dharun Ravi sent three days before the tragic incident said, “Roommate asked for the room till midnight, so I went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.”
Ravi latter pulled down his Twitter account, where he made a cryptic Sept. 22 reference to his roommate asking to have their room to himself.
Ravi’s Twitter page has since been deleted, but, as seen here, a cached version of a portion of the account remains online. Click here to read a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office detailing its probe of the illegal taping.
The pair, who were high school classmates, were charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy for the Sept. 19 broadcast, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.
Ravi, 18, was free Wednesday on $25,000 bail and co-defendant Wei, 18, was released on her own recognizance after the suspects surrendered to campus police.
If convicted for third degree offenses, the Ravi and Wei could face up to five years in prison. Neither gave comment to news sources who
According to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan, it is a fourth-degree crime to collect or view images depicting nudity or sexual content of an individual without that person’s consent. The crime becomes a third-degree offense if the images are transmitted or distributed.
Was this person who committed suicide a victim of SHAME? Whether from society or his parents or both, my question to you is there something wrong with being a young person in college exploring their sexuality?
What do you think? Should they get the maximum or was it just a stupid prank gone horribly wrong?
A poster on a gay men’s message board detailed a story eerily similar to the tale of a Rutgers University freshman who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.
While it’s unclear if the writer who called himself cit2mo was actually Tyler Clementi, the poster recounted filling out a room change request and reporting his roommate to school officials after his makeout session with another man aired on the internet.
“Revenge never ends well for me,” the poster wrote on justusboys.com in explaining his decision to go through university channels.
“As much as I would love to pour pink paint all over his stuff … that would just let him win.”
The five posts – reported on Gawker.com – showed no indication of suicidal intent. The last one was written about 15 hours before Clementi plunged from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22.
The timeline of the posts is consistent with the story as well, with the first coming two days after the surreptitious Sept. 19 video aired in cyberspace.
The poster – who listed his age as 19 and his hometown as New York City – said he was aware of his roommate’s use of a webcam to spy on his same-sex tryst.
In one post, the man says he only reported his roomie after learning about a second attempt to live stream his date in their dorm room.
“I ran to the nearest RA and set this thing in motion,” the poster wrote. The complaint was sent to the dorm advisor and two higher ranking officials, the post said.
Tyler’s Facebook profile is still up. It offers little information other than a single Favorite Quotation: “What do you get when you kiss a guy? You get enough germs to catch pneumonia…” —Promises Promises
Hundreds of students gathered at Rutgers University on Sunday night for a silent vigil to remember classmate Tyler Clementi and condemn the heartless act that pushed him to take his life.
Tearful students hugged and held candles in a show of force tocounter the embarrassing episode that has put the New Brunswick, N.J., school at the center ofa nationwide debate over homophobia and bigotry.
“Hopefully, if other people are going through the same struggles [as Clementi], they can see that there is support for them, and people that care. Everyone is not ignorant,” said sophomore Maggie Rodriguez, 19, of Howell, N.J.
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