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Rutgers Suicide: Tyler Clementi Jumps to Death after Cyber Bullying Attack

By Heather B on September 30th, 2010

Tyler Clementi Rutgers SuicideRutgers University says they have “never seen anything like this” after a student, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death last Wednesday because his dorm mate streamed his sexual encounter with another male student live on the internet.

Today, officials are trying to determine whether a body pulled from the Hudson River is Clementi, who posted the following farewell on his Facebook page, before leaping to his death: “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”

ABC News reports that after Clementi’s privacy was invaded by his roommate, he reached out to a gay website to complain.  However, comments to his profile after the incident sympathized with his roommate for having to share his room with a gay person.

Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi and another Rutgers student, Molly Wei, have been charged with two counts of invasion of privacy.  Friends of Dharun insist that it was all a prank.  “He’s very open minded, and he, like if it had been a girl in the room it wouldn’t have been any different,” Michael Zhuang said.

Tyler and Dharun had only known each other for a few weeks.

According to ABC news, a recent study found that gay kids are four times more likely than straight kids to commit suicide, and nine out of ten gay kids have reported being bullied.

But it does get better – Dan Savage and his husband Terry filmed the following video for the It Gets Better Project, a You Tube channel that strives to give LGBT youth in America hope by helping them to picture their lives as openly gay adults.

If you know someone who is struggling with their sexuality, pass on the video below and show them that it does get better.  It may save their life.


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