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.