Tyler Clementi was a promising 18 year old student at a New Jersey university. His room mate was fellow student Dharun Ravi.
Tyler Clementi had asked to have the room to himself one evening. Dharun turned his webcam on to spy on his room mate and caught him kissing another man.
Ravi tweeted: “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.”
He later tweeted that it was “happening again”, inviting others to watch.
A few days later, after discovering what had happened Tyler Clementi jumped off of the George Washington Bridge. His suicide made headlines all over the world.
This week Dharun Ravi was found guilty of 15 charges including invasion of privacy. Charges also include tampering with evidence after he deleted tweeds and text messages he had sent inviting people to watch the webcam.
Dharun now faces up to 10 years in prison. There is a possibility that the student will be deported back to his native India to serve his sentence.
Tyler’s story was both shocking and upsetting. He undoubtedly felt intimidated and isolated by someone he felt was a friend. I am glad that justice has been served.