October 1st, 2010
11:24 AM ET

Student's suicide linked to webcast of sexual encounter

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CNN Wire Staff

New York (CNN) - On the evening of September 19, Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi is believed to have sent a message by Twitter about his roommate, Tyler Clementi.

"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, 18, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, surreptitiously placed the camera in their dorm room and broadcast video of Clementi's sexual encounter on the internet, the Middlesex County prosecutor's office said. Ravi tried to use the webcam again two days later, on September 21.

"Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again," Ravi is believed to have tweeted.

The next day, Clementi was dead.

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  1. mathilda

    This is just too tragic...
    Some people are accusing Ravi and Wei of manslaughter
    which I personally believe is with good reason.

    All the pain that Clementi must have gone through..
    It is just too sad...

    October 2, 2010 at 1:40 am |
  2. Maria

    Ravi and Molly should be punished for what they did to the fullest extent of the law!

    They caused another human being to kill himself and they destroyed the lives of his family and friends. Not to mention their own families.

    This was intentional and cruel! So I don't feel we should show them any compassion! Where was their compassion for Tyler? I feel compassion for all of the people who's lives will never be the same and that they've destroyed!

    October 2, 2010 at 12:33 am |
  3. Lori

    Because of a thoughtless, gutless, uncaring person Tyler Clementi felt his life had been ruined to the point that living was no longer an option. How horrible to have someone post video of you online for all to see when you thought you were behind closed doors in a private moment. Why do some people have to be so cruel? Toying with someone else's life for sport can end up with a result like we see here. No one has the right to put another person's life out there for public consumption.

    October 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  4. ambria

    The internet has really changed bullying. Instead of the confrontation being face to face and being dealt with. In many cases the harassment done over the internet can be done from states away and leaves the person feeling helpless to do anything. They can not stop it they often can not even face the one doing it. Also the issue no longer becomes between the two. It becomes between them and the world.

    October 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  5. sherry suydam

    I did not know you but my heart is with you and with your family. i those other two get the longest jail time ever

    October 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  6. Mary

    While this is a horrific outcome for clementi and his family, please keep in context that these young people today do not grasp the repercussions of their actions. They look around and copy behavior of adults. Think back when you were just out of high school. Guys at that age just think everything is funny. It is bad enough at that age to be asked to leave your room in order for your roommate to have sex.......I would assume that this was Ravi's immature way of handling it. I must assume that Ravi is NOT a monster as you portray him to be.

    October 1, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  7. John

    How many more people will have to die to make people realize that is a huge problem? How many innocent children and young adults will have to resort to suicide before everyone realizes they are deeply hurting? Something needs to change now, not only when it has effected your family or you. But should immediate action be taken globally to help protect those who are a victim of harassment, racial discrimination or any other type bullying that will cause a person pain and grief. Homosexuals deserve the same respect as anyone else regardless of your personal beliefs. I'm sure Mr. Clementi never asked for approval from his roommates but simply wanted his personal life kept private. Please for those who do not agree with homosexuality, when was it that you realized you were straight? I'm sure you will say you were born like that, well what makes homosexuals any different?

    October 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  8. Isabel Siaba

    This story is very sad. God help the family of Clementi.

    October 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  9. Kelly Zielke

    I was very saddened to hear about Mr. Clementi's death at Rutgers University. It is an incredibly sad event. The fact that two other students could have such blatant disregard for another human being boggles the mind. I hope that both Molly Wei and Dharun Ravi receive the maximum penalty possible for their actions. This might provide them with ample time to reflect upon their actions and contribute better to society. Their action was NOT a prank or a Joke but a sick, careless act that resulted in the death. They deserve the FULL measure of the law.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  10. Diane N.

    It shouldn't matter what the victims sexual preference was that's his own personal right, the fact that his privacy was invaded and exploited is what matters. The two who did this invasion ought to be punished to fullest extent of the law.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:55 am |