By Morgan Jerkins '14
On September 22, Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington bridge. An accomplished violinist, his peers at Rutgers described him as quiet. Clementi asked his roommate, Dharun Ravi, for the dorm to himself on a Sunday night. Whether accidentally or intentionally, Ravi turned on a webcam in his friend Molly Wei's room and saw Clementi engaged in sexual acts with another man. Twitter was used as a medium for Ravi to vent his disagreements with Clementi’s pastimes, such as “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.” The following day, Clementi made a wall post on his facebook stating, “jumping off the gw bridge sorry.” Ravi and Wei were charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy. Ravi was also charged with two additional counts of invasion of privacy for a failed attempt to tape a second sex scene.
More to come in Monday's paper.