Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi killed himself, by jumping to his death, off of the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York last week. Police found his freshman ID, driver’s license, and clothes next to the bridge.
Clementi updated his Facebook status with the following heartbreaking status update before taking his life:
Clementi’s post on his Facebook page, dated Sept. 22 at 8:42 p.m. read, “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”
Clementi decided to kill himself after his roommate, Dharun Ravi, filmed him kissing and having sex with another guy.
Ravi livestreamed the video, via his webcam on his computer, throughout the internet for his friends and others to see. Ravi admitted to recording the liaison on her Twitter page in a boastful tweet:
On Sept. 19, Ravi appears to tweet, “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.”
Ravi and Molly Wei both face two counts of invasion of privacy for their actions. Ravi faces two more counts of ‘invasion’ for recording Clementi again ‘in the act’ just two nights after the first instance.
Ravi and Wei both surrendered to authorities on the charges. Ravi had to post $25,000 bail.
Children are mean and start bullying each other from the time they can start walking throughout high school and college. The internet age has made it easier for children to bully each other as they can do it safely behind their computers without having to worry about being punched in the teeth. It also allows teens to spread lies, gossip, post unflattering pictures, videos, comments, and live streaming feeds.
Here the revelation of Clementi being exposed for being gay was too much for him to burden. He took a cowardly way out, by taking his life, but he shouldn’t have had his privacy hijacked by someone he obviously trusted.
There needs to be campaigns to educate the youth of the world that bullying can cause unfortunate situations and get you in trouble with the law as well.
Everyone has a breaking point and unfortunately as children and teens that point is usually easy to trespass upon.