Tyler Clementi’s suicide shocked and devastated the world. Clementi was an otherwise unheard of gay Rutger’s student, whose roommates did the unthinkable. They planted a camera in the bedroom, and then streamed the video online. The video showed Tyler Clementi with another male.
The young man was ridiculed, and eventually he jumped off the George Washington bridge. There are so many people in many industries –the entertainment industry to say the least – that are devastated by this loss.
What the roommates did was invade his privacy, and they’ve been charged accordingly. However, many are calling for the roommates to face murder charges.
Now, as wicked as these kids were to this young man, I highly doubt that they wanted him to go and jump off the bridge. That being said, they still contributed to his death by their actions. Had they left him alone, it’s arguable that he’d still be alive.
What they did is no different from a drunk person choosing to drive a vehicle. They took a chance – a chance that ended in someone losing their life. While the risk wasn’t with the intent of death, that’s the way it happened and there should be consequences – manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter – something.
What do you think of Tyler Clementi’s suicide? Do you think there should be murder charges?