Tyler Clementi Bullying Trial Begins Today – ABC News

Tyler Clementi Bullying Trial Begins Today – ABC News.

Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student who killed himself after his roommate allegedly used a webcam to spy on his intimate encounter with another man | photo and caption from abcnews.go.com

Tyler Clementi was a freshman at Rutgers University who committed suicide on Sept. 22, 2010 after his roommate, Dahrun Ravi, aired his intimate gay encounter on the Internet.

Ravi now faces serious jail time if convicted on multiple counts of invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering prosecution and bias intimidation, according to the article.  He faces up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation (he is an Indian citizen) if convicted.

Ravi rejected the plea deal, which would have given him no jail time, 600 hours of community service and counseling.

Jury selection for the trial will begin Tuesday. The [expected] four-week trial “will be broadcast live across the country and as far away as India,” according to the article.

The events that took place in this situation have become a national symbol of cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is when someone is harassed, threatened, targeted etc by another person through digital technology, like the Internet.

Bullying is a serious problem in America, and throughout the world, and it has only become easier to torment people with the increasing access to technology. Those who bully people often believe they are safe from being prosecuted or stopped because those who are tormented are too scared to say anything. And yes, those who bully have been stopped and prosecuted before, but more often than not the those who bully go unpunished, an those who are bullied take it in silence.

However, if Ravi is convicted for the events leading up to the suicide a clear message will be sent throughout America and around the world: (cyber-)bullying will not be tolerated.

 

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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