A UNIVERSITY student jumped to his death from a bridge after a recording of him having a sexual encounter with a man was broadcast online.
Tyler Clementi, 18, who was studying at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, jumped from the George Washington Bridge.
Gay rights groups say Tyler Clementi’s suicide makes him a national example of a problem they are increasingly working to combat: young people who kill themselves after being tormented over their sexuality.
A lawyer for Clementi’s family confirmed he had jumped last week.
Clementi’s roommate, Dhraun Ravi, and fellow Rutgers freshman Molly Wei, both 18, have been charged with invading Clementi’s privacy. Prosecutors say the pair used a webcam to surreptitiously transmit a live image of Clementi having sex on September 19 and that Ravi tried to webcast a second encounter on September 21, the day before Clementi’s suicide.
Collecting or viewing sexual images without consent is a fourth-degree crime. Transmitting them is a third-degree crime with a maximum prison term of five years.
Clementi left a message on his Facebook page on September 22 that read: “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”
His death stirred outrage.
On Tuesday, a 13-year-old California boy died nine days after classmates found him hanging from a tree. Authorities say other teens had taunted the boy, Seth Walsh of Tehachapi, for being gay.
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