Suicide of Tyler Clementi

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Tyler Clementi (December 19, 1991 – September 22, 2010) was an American student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge at the age of 18, on September 22, 2010.wikipedia
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New Jersey v. Dharun Ravi

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Ravi went to trial in early 2012, and was convicted on May 21, 2012 on multiple charges related to the webcam viewing.
In the first incident, Ravi and his friend Molly Wei used a webcam to view a private romantic encounter between Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, and another man identified only as "M.B."

George Washington Bridge

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Tyler Clementi (December 19, 1991 – September 22, 2010) was an American student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge at the age of 18, on September 22, 2010.
The 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, who had jumped from the bridge, drew national attention to cyberbullying and the struggles facing LGBT youth.

Gay bashing

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The same month Clementi died, four other American teenagers were reported to have committed suicide after being taunted about their homosexuality, although the brother of one of the deceased said he did not believe the suicide was brought on by bullying.

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North

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Ravi and Wei met while students at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North.

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Dan Savage, co-founder of the It Gets Better Project, has written that, although he considers Ravi's actions to have been "the last straw" that triggered Clementi's suicide, he notes that Clementi's guest did not commit suicide, and concludes that there must have been additional factors, preceding the webcam incidents, contributing to the suicide.
The project was founded by Savage in response to the suicide of Billy Lucas and other teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or perceived to be, such as with Raymond Chase, Tyler Clementi, Ryan Halligan, Asher Brown, and Seth Walsh.

Spirit Day

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"Spirit Day", first observed on October 20, 2010, was established in which people wear the color purple to show support for bullying victims among LGBT youth.
Started in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan, it was initially created in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of gay school students in 2010, including that of Tyler Clementi.

Bullying

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"Spirit Day", first observed on October 20, 2010, was established in which people wear the color purple to show support for bullying victims among LGBT youth.
These include the deaths of Ryan Halligan, Phoebe Prince, Dawn-Marie Wesley, Nicola Ann Raphael, Megan Meier, Audrie Pott, Tyler Clementi, Jamey Rodemeyer, Kenneth Weishuhn, Jadin Bell, Kelly Yeomans, Rehtaeh Parsons, Amanda Todd, Brodie Panlock, Jessica Haffer, Hamed Nastoh, Sladjana Vidovic, April Himes, Cherice Moralez and Rebecca Ann Sedwick.

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In response to Clementi's suicide and other, similar incidents, New Jersey General Assembly representatives Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Mary Pat Angelini introduced a bipartisan "Anti-bullying Bill of Rights" in November 2010, which passed on a 71–1 vote in the New Jersey Assembly and a 30–0 vote in the New Jersey Senate.
The law encourages school districts to better investigate reports of bullying and was drafted in response to the suicide of Tyler Clementi.

Make It Stop (September's Children)

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The band Rise Against released a song, "Make It Stop (September's Children)", which mentions the names of Tyler Clementi and four other people who committed suicide in September 2010 after being bullied based on their sexual orientation.
During the middle 8, the first 5 of the 9 names of the September 2010 suicides are read aloud: (Tyler Clementi, age 18; Billy Lucas, age 15; Harrison Chase Brown, age 15; Cody J. Barker, age 17; Seth Walsh, age 13).

Nobody Knows Me

Madonna gave tribute to Clementi by showing a picture of him and other gay teens who have committed suicide during the Nobody Knows Me video interlude in the MDNA Tour.
The song was later added as a video interlude on The MDNA Tour in 2012, as a tribute to Tyler Clementi and other teens who had committed suicide due to bullying.

Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Lewinsky said that Clementi's story inspired her to speak out against cyberbullying, in a TED talk called The Price of Shame.
She said she was influenced by reading about the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman, involving cyberbullying and joined Twitter to facilitate her efforts.

Rutgers University

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Tyler Clementi (December 19, 1991 – September 22, 2010) was an American student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge at the age of 18, on September 22, 2010.

New Brunswick, New Jersey

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Tyler Clementi (December 19, 1991 – September 22, 2010) was an American student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge at the age of 18, on September 22, 2010.

Webcam

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On September 19, 2010, Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, used a webcam on his dorm-room computer and his hallmate Molly Wei's computer to view, without Clementi's knowledge, Clementi's kissing another man.

Twitter

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Clementi eventually found out, after Ravi posted about the webcam incident on Twitter.

Cyberbullying

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Clementi's death brought national attention to the issue of cyberbullying and the struggles facing LGBT youth.

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Clementi's death brought national attention to the issue of cyberbullying and the struggles facing LGBT youth.

Ridgewood, New Jersey

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Clementi was born on December 19, 1991, in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Ridgewood High School (New Jersey)

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A graduate of Ridgewood High School, he was a violinist; he played with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and participated in the Bergen Youth Orchestra as concertmaster.

Violin

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A graduate of Ridgewood High School, he was a violinist; he played with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and participated in the Bergen Youth Orchestra as concertmaster.

Instant messaging

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While his father supported him, Clementi said in an instant message to a friend that his mother had "basically completely rejected" him.

Evangelicalism

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She later noted that she had not been ready as a parent to publicly acknowledge having a gay son, partly because her evangelical church had taught that homosexuality was a sin.

IChat

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Ravi and Wei viewed the video stream via iChat for a few seconds, seeing Clementi and his guest kissing.

Resident assistant

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The same day, Clementi complained to a resident assistant and two other officials that Ravi had used a webcam to stream part of Clementi's private sexual encounter with another man.

Yahoo!

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Clementi wrote in detail on the Just Us Boys and Yahoo! message boards about complaints he filed through university channels about his roommate.