And sometimes their cruelty has astonishingly unfortunate and negative effects.
A Rutgers University freshman took his own life last week shortly after he was broadcast engaging in sexual activity with another man. According to WPIX, … 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, jumped from the George Washington Bridge last week. His car was found nearby with his computer and cell phone inside. The Clementi family’s lawyer, Paul Minardi, has released a statement confirming that Tyler committed suicide: “Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician. The family is heartbroken beyond words. They respectfully request that they be given time to grieve their great loss and that their privacy at this painful time be respected by all.” ABC also reports that Clementi posted an update to his Facebook page on Sept. 22 at 8:42 p.m. that read “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”
WPIX reports that the Clementi’s alleged roommate, Dharun Ravi, and another first-year student, Molly Wei, were charged with invasion of privacy for secretly leaving a camera in his bedroom on Sept. 19 and posting footage of an ensuing sexual encounter on the internet. In New Jersey, it is a fourth-degree crime to collect images showing sexual content or nudity without the subject’s consent, and it is a third-degree crime to transmit the relevant content. Ravi and Wei, both 18, have been charged with two counts of invasion of privacy for the events that transpired on Sept. 19; Ravi received two more for attempting to record another of the Clementi’s encounters on Sept. 21.
Why would anyone do such a thing to another person? These two vile and totally depraved persons should be tried for conspiracy to commit murder. Though probably not legally possible, they should still be tried and convicted and spend time in prison for manslaughter. They killed that kid as much as the person kills another who disables the brakes on their car.
It’s inconceivable that people can be so cruel. But they can be, and are, because they don’t think about the law of unintended consequences before they act stupidly.