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October 4th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Harry Thompson

    Bullying, like teasing, and picking on someone are common euphemisms for terrorism. One need not physically injure or assault someone to be a terrorist. One can terrorize an individual, a group or nation by raising in the victim a fear or threat of harm. One may "out someone" or invde their privacy such as occured at Rutgers University and remain anonymous. The result for Tyler Clementi was so terrorizing that his life was forfeiting through suicide because his straight room mate- Dharun invded his privacy by means of a concealed webcama.
    Media has not exposed Dharun's sneaky terrorizing act as throughly as they have Clementi. People like Dharun seem to escape being scandalized, hgaving their privacy invaded because it was "all in fun."
    Let's call terrorism what it is. If it results in loss of life, it is felonious- not teasing or bullying. To shoot some one has one kind of consequence. To kill someone has another consequence. Call it what it is- Terrorism.

    October 5, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  2. Ken Kizziah

    My heart goes out to Tyler and his family.

    The 2 people that streamed the "invasion of privacy" of Tyler and his date, onto the internet, should be charged with being an accessory to a murder. The act, that the 2 people committed was not a prank nor joke. They should be held accountable. This is not typical bullying....its a lack of respect for the fellow man. They should be charged with Murder.

    The youth of the last 25 years, in this great nation, we call the United states of America, for the most part have no accountability, no respect nor regard for human life, nor responsibility....they want "it now" no matter what it is....they are not willing to work and save and pay for it.

    The Youth of today are smart in the computer fields, and the high tech fields....but lack common sense and the ability logically figure problems out (with their brain's)...without the aide of a computer r hand held device. They lack the basic fundamental skills of life.

    Parents blame the schools for not teaching this...The schools are not to blame, the parents are to blame...The schools cannot and should not have to teach everything, to a child about life. Parents have a responsibility and the parents are not doing their part. Parents have to take the lead and teach their children, the basic fundamentals of life.

    October 5, 2010 at 1:26 am |
  3. Siri

    Regarding the Clementi death, I can recall other people who had far more explicit tapes released without their consent and they certainly didn't take their lives. The roommate did what college students do, they play pranks on each other. College students have certainly played worst pranks on each other.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  4. Henry

    If things are still the same (and I know it is) as when I was in High School some 26 yrs ago, poor Tyler never stood a chance. I too nearly killed myself in 1984 for bullying, not just in high school, but college and from my very own mother. Something needs to be done now. This is nothing short of a hate crime, remember Matthew Sheppard? Everyone who is gay needs to come out now and say enough! Gosh just think how happy Tyler must have been when he got word that he was excepted to Rutger's to pursue his musical dream. R.I.P. Tyler you will be missed.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Mike Borrelli, Florida

    I beleive gay is ok, you can and should love
    your own way. No matter what they say, there's
    no reason everyday to feel you have to pay for
    being gay. As far as what the bible may say, then why is it so many priest seem to be gay.
    No matter what we do, there will always be those who say it's not ok. I pray you won't be intimidated and hold your head high, always. Remember, it's ok to be gay.

    Thoughts of a caring non-gay

    October 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm |

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