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. Background
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 ...