Close-up of a "Do Not Disturb" sign on a hotel room doorknob.
What Tyler Clementi deserved but didn't receive. (Photo Credit: ThinkStock)

ABC News reports that what began as invasion of privacy in a dorm room at New Jersey’s Rutgers University has spiraled into the tragic suicide of 18-year-old freshman Tyler Clementi. According to reports, fellow students Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei were responsible for secretly monitoring Clementi with a webcam during a same-sex intimate encounter and broadcasting the encounter live on the Internet. Not long after the incident, Tyler Clementi announced via his Facebook page that he was going to jump off the George Washington Bridge, which he apparently did.

Tyler Clementi said goodbye

On Sept. 22 at 8:42 p.m., Tyler Clementi’s Facebook post read “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.” Clementi’s body has not yet been reported as found, although an unidentified male body was discovered by New Jersey authorities in the Hudson River just north of the bridge. A wallet containing Clementi’s Rutgers University student ID and driver’s license was found nearby.

Paul Mainardi, attorney for the Clementi family, confirmed Tyler Clementi’s suicide via a statement in which the young man is praised for his outstanding personal qualities and his distinguished musicianship.

‘I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.’

Fellow Rutgers Scarlet Knights Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei have been charged with two counts apiece of invasion of privacy for broadcasting Tyler Clementi’s homosexual encounter via iChat, according to prosecutor Bruce Kaplan. Ravi even made note of the incident on his Twitter page, where he tweeted on Sept. 19 that

“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.”

Two days after the initial broadcast, Ravi tweeted again

“Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it’s happening again.”

Wei and Ravi surrendered to police

Though they surrendered to police, neither Ravi nor Wei remains in New Jersey police custody. According to ABC News, Molly Wei was released on her own recognizance, while Dharun Ravi managed to post $25,000 bail. More information will be released as the investigation continues.


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