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Suicide of Tyler Clementi

The suicide death of a college student on September 22, 2010, after his roommate broadcasted his private sexual encounters over the internet.

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A Quick Tip by Kathryn

  • Oct 2, 2010
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Tyler Clementi's death is a tragic outcome to the insensitive, self serving invasion of Tyler's privacy by his roommate and young woman who filmed him in intimate moments and broadcast it over the internet. It is an incident which should make all of us look at our culture which has become increasingly callous and disrespectful.
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October 11, 2010
Well said, Kathryn. I agree with you completely. This is a problem that most people prefer to ignore, but it's prevalent and can be deadly.
October 11, 2010
There is nothing that will ever change this act into anything but a gross invasion of privacy but, perhaps it might not have resulted in his suicide if the world were more accepting of gays and if he had not been forcibly outed by this so called "prank".
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Tyler Clementi was an 18-year old closeted gay freshman at Rutgers University in Piscataway Township, New Jersey who jumped from the George Washington Bridge in an apparent suicide on September 22, 2010, after two of his private sexual encounters were video streamed over the internet without his knowledge.


Clementi, from Ridgewood, New Jersey and a graduate of Ridgewood High School, was a talented violinist, having participated in the Bergen Youth Orchestra as concertmaster and the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra.
Clementi had complained to his resident assistant and two other officials that his roommate had spied on his sex life and videostreamed it using a webcam. He wrote in detail on the Just Us Boys message board and Yahoo! message board about complaints he filed through university channels about his roommate.
His posts indicated that he did not want to share a room with Ravi. He claimed to have approached the dorm adviser and asked for a new room after learning about the first violation and then discovering Ravi invited his Twitter followers to watch a second sexual encounter. "He [the resident assistant] seemed to take it seriously," Clementi wrote in a post about 15 hours before his jump from the George Washington Bridge. He said in the posts that he also reported the incident to two unnamed "higher-ups." Clementi's wallet was found on September 22 on the walkway adjacent to the George Washington Bridge's New York-bound lanes ...
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