...posts like yesterday's are extremely important.
This young man is Tyler Clementi and he jumped off of the George Washington Bridge last week. The Rutgers University freshman's body has not been found but he has been confirmed to have taken his life after his roommate broadcast images of him and his boyfriend getting busy.
Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei have been charged after they set up a webcam to broadcast live feeds of Ravi's roommate having sex and advertising it on Twitter.
According to Ravi's since-deleted Twitter posts he gloriously proclaimed " Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly's room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay," on September 19th and told readers to tune into his iChat channel on September 21st for a repeat 'show'.
The two internet bullies have been arrested and released on bail. Under New Jersey’s invasion-of-privacy laws, it is a fourth degree crime to collect or view images depicting nudity or sexual contact involving another individual without that person’s consent, the prosecutor said. It is a third degree crime to transmit or distribute the images. If convicted, they are facing up to 5 years in prison.
A young man is gone because 2 idiots thought him to be a curiosity, instead of a human being. They deliberately broadcast images of another person to line him up for ridicule and to bask in the hateful responses from their followers, who they believed would be shocked by the show. These punks decided to be cruel, to use the shaming of another as a form of sadistic entertainment. The world has been robbed of a talented musician and exemplary human being because of the evil inclinations of others.
I want to cry for humanity today.