Tyler Clementi: Tyler Clementi Bullying Trial

February 22, 2012 by staff 

Tyler Clementi: Tyler Clementi Bullying Trial, The parents of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student who killed himself after his roommate allegedly used a webcam to spy on his intimate encounter with another man, are speaking out. 

Jury selection begins Tuesday in a New Brunswick, N.J., courtroom for the trial of Dahrun Ravi, the Rutgers University student who with a silent flip of his laptop webcam secretly watched his roommate in a moment of gay intimacy, and unwittingly set in motion a series of events that would make him a national symbol of cyber-bullying.

The trial, which will be broadcast live across the country and as far away as India, will culminate a criminal prosecution that many believe would never have happened if not for the fact that Tyler Clementi, Ravi’s gay roommate, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010 — just three days after Ravi electronically captured him kissing a man in his dorm room.

While authorities were only beginning their investigation, the media and public readily connected the dots, and Clementi’s death struck a growing anti-bullying nerve in America and became a blog-driven lightening rod for outrage in the gay community.

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