Friday, April 22, 2011

Gay Suicide Student’s Roommate Indicted

Bully and former Rutgers University freshman Dharun Ravi was indicted Wednesday for a hate crime after his use of a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's sexual encounter led to the heart-breaking suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi:

A shy 18-year-old, an accomplished violinist, learns a month into the school year that his college roommate has been spying, via a computer webcam, on his sexual relations with another young man. This student is not openly gay, nor does he know how many of his peers have viewed the recording. So it’s easy to imagine that Tyler Clementi was assuming the worst when, two days later, on September 21, the Rutgers freshman jumped 202 feet to his death from the George Washington Bridge. . . On Wednesday, the case made headlines yet again when a Middlesex, New Jersey grand jury issued a 15-count indictment against Ravi, adding bias intimidation to the previous charges of privacy invasion—essentially, alleging that Ravi’s act rises to the level of hate crime because Clementi was gay.

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