People Can Be So Very Cruel: Consider, Before you Act, the Law of Unintended Consequences

Tyler Clementi

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.

4 thoughts on “People Can Be So Very Cruel: Consider, Before you Act, the Law of Unintended Consequences

  1. Michael R. Janapin 30 Sep 2010 at 6:42 pm

    No to murder nor manslaughter.

    That kid is as depraved as those two.
    1. he got caught in a very compromising activity
    2. he killed himself

    He could have avoided #2 had he decided to face the unintended consequence of involving in #1.

    His blood will be on his head.

    But, of course, yes to invasion of privacy.


    • Jim 30 Sep 2010 at 6:45 pm

      im usually inclined to agree that there are problems here but the boy was just 18, and he was treated vile-ly. the people who did what they did should be expelled right now and they should be convicted of manslaughter.

      no, he’s a victim. and im heartbroken for him and his family.


  2. Esteban Vázquez 30 Sep 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I saw the news at work today and I teared up. Such coarseness, and at such a high cost! I look forward to these two scoundrels being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Law.


    • Jim 30 Sep 2010 at 7:42 pm

      and then some.


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