Gay Bullying

Ken AshfordCrime, Sex/Morality/Family Values7 Comments

There have been a few news stories cropping up lately about "gay bullying" and they all make me wish I was a Second Amendment advocate so that I could go all vigilante on someone's ass.

But this story…. man, this is a tough one:

It started with a Twitter message on Sept. 19: “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.”

That night, the authorities say, the Rutgers University student who sent the message used a camera in his dormitory room to stream the roommate’s intimate encounter live on the Internet.

And three days later, the roommate who had been surreptitiously broadcast — Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman and an accomplished violinist — jumped from the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River in an apparent suicide.

The Sept. 22 death, details of which the authorities disclosed on Wednesday, was the latest by a young American that followed the online posting of hurtful material. The news came on the same day that Rutgers kicked off a two-year, campuswide project to teach the importance of civility, with special attention to the use and abuse of new technology.

Those who knew Mr. Clementi — on the Rutgers campus in Piscataway, N.J., at his North Jersey high school and in a community orchestra — were anguished by the circumstances surrounding his death, describing him as an intensely devoted musician who was sweet and shy.

According to other news sources, "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry," was the last status message Clementi posted to Facebook before parking his car on the New Jersey side, walking more than a mile to the center of the bridge span, placing his cell phone and wallet on the roadway and climbing up onto the railing before leaping to his death in the Hudson River.

Pictured below are Clementi, his roommate and his roommate's friend.  The latter two are under arrest and have yet to be charged.