The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Tyler Clementi CYBERBULLYING Trial Begins Today (February 21, 2012)” (Web-site/URL: http://gma.yahoo.com/tyler-clementi-cyberbullying-trial-begins-today-182111675–abc-news.html).
Clementi, of course, was the gay Rutgers freshman who killed himself after his roommate tweeted derogatory comments about him.
According to former New Jersey prosecutor Robert Honecker, “PRESSURE from gay rights groups and global media attention made this case one that HAD TO BE prosecuted. Yet the charges themselves are VERY DIFFICULT to prove” obviously because it involves a lot of HE SAID SHE SAID GOSSIP. Oh and “global media attention” is EVERYWHERE these days, thanks to THE INTERNET.
According to John Fahy, “another former New Jersey prosecutor familiar with the case”, “The fact that the prosecution offered this plea deal in the first place indicates that THEY ARE WORRIED (that) THEY MIGHT HAVE A TOUGH TIME (proving this) IN COURT“.
According to Ravi’s defense attorney Steven Altman, “Simple answer, simple principle. HE’S INNOCENT. He’s NOT guilty. That’s why he rejected the plea“. This is the latest UNPROVEN ASSERTION.
“Found out my roommate is GAY” Ravi tweeted”. This is when the SUSPICION starts.
“Clementi wrote his own friend on gChat, “I’ve started STALKING my roommate..,” and “I got an azn (Asian)”. “stalking”, of course, is HIGHLY UNDESIRABLE. So, Clementi ISN’T a saint either.
“He then forwarded a link to Ravi’s Twitter account. Later, after meeting Ravi’s Indian parents for the first time, Clementi messaged a friend “SOOO Indian first gen americanish” and “defs owna dunkin” (Dunkin’ Donuts)”. There was taunting back and forth (i.e. CLEMENTI also taunted Ravi). Looking at these tweets, we would be led to believe that Tyler Clementi NEVER went to Dunkin’ Donuts IN HIS LIFE and NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Clementi was AMERICAN and which AMERICAN HASN’T or DOESN’T go to DUNKIN’ DONUTS?
“Unlike Ravi, who spent much time OUTSIDE of their room socializing, Clementi admits in his chats that he was a PRIVATE person “wanting to be alone,” and WORRIED about being overheard playing his violin by his fellow freshman in the dorm: “It feels so awk to practice in the room … like everyone in the whole building can hear me HEHE (?)” “Hehe” sounds like Clementi WASN’T serious here/in this post.
“He tells another friend, “I WOULD DIE if I was forced to always have people around me“. This is more evidence that Clementi was A LONER.
“Clementi had recently opened up about his sexuality to both his family and classmates. He tells his online contact Sam Cruz: “I’M OUT (of the closet) to A WHOLE BUNCH a people“.
“It’s a good thing dad is ok w/it or I would be in serious trouble / mom has basically COMPLETELY REJECTED me“. People have clearly turned on each other in this case.
“Files entitled “Gah.docx“, “SORRY.docx,” and “WHY IS EVERYTHING SO PAINFUL.docx,” are dated from July through early September (2010)”. Clementi committed suicide on SEP 22, 2010 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Tyler_Clementi). “Why is everything so painful” indicates that Clementi STRUGGLED with the fact that many people DID NOT understand why he was gay or HAD ABANDONED HIM BECAUSE HE WAS GAY while “Sorry” is significant because that was part of Clementi’s suicide message: ” Jumping off the GW Bridge. SORRY” (Web-site/URL: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/tyler_clementi_left_facebook_s.html).
Fahy went on: “There are numerous indications that the defendant WASN’T homophobic“.
“In various Internet chats, he told friends that “idc” (an abbreviation for “I don’t care”) and “Im NOT really angry or sad idc.” When his friend Tam replied, “What if he wants YOU, won’t that get awk (awkward)” “Ravi replied, “WHY would it be awk“. SURE IT WOULD BE “awk” if a STRAIGHT man was “wanted” by a GAY man.
“In another message he wrote, “F**K MY LIFE / He’s gay” (which IS homophobic/something that a homophobic person would say), but qualified himself moments later, “I’m just like LOL / Maybe I’m still a little buzzed” or DRUNK.
“Ravi also sent Clementi a substantial text message, APOLOGIZING for his webcam intrustion, on the night of his death: “I’VE KNOWN you were gay and I HAVE NO PROBLEM. In fact, one of my closest friends is gay and he and I have A VERY OPEN (?) relationship“. IS THIS POSSIBLE? “I JUST SUSPECTED YOU WERE SHY ABOUT IT, WHICH IS WHY I NEVER BROACHED THE TOPIC. I DON’T want your freshman year to be ruined because of a petty misunderstanding, IT’S ADDING TO MY GUILT. You have a right to move if you wish, but I DON’T want you to feel pressured to without fully understanding the situation“. This sounds like a message of RESPECT and COMPASSION.
“On Sept. 19 (2010), Clementi sent a text message to Ravi asking if he could use the room for the evening. Ravi agreed, but expressed skepticism to Molly Wei, a freshman living in the same dorm whom he’d known since grade school, about why his roommate needed the room. In her statement to police, Wei says Ravi worried that the man, only identified as M.B., might steal his iPad and seemed “really shady“.
“That night (September 22, 2010), Ravi used Wei’s computer to access a webcam from his laptop that he had left in his own room. At 9:13 p.m., Ravi activated a live unrecorded video image of his room while Wei sat nearby. Both saw Clementi and M.B. touching and kissing for a few seconds. Wei says in her statement: “I couldn’t see any faces and they were just what seemed to be kissing and then, after literally two seconds, we just turned it off. And WE WERE KIND OF IN SHOCK“.
“Four minutes later (9:17 PM), 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“. This tweet is what pushed Clementi over the edge and caused him to tweet “Jumping off the GW Bridge. Sorry”.
“He also sought feedback from the online community at JustusBOYS“, obviously an LGBT web-site. Clementi wrote the following post on the site: “I feel like the only thing the school might do is find me another roommate, probably with me moving out .. and I’d probably just end up with somebody worse than him … I mean aside from being an a**hole from time to time, he’s a PRETTY DECENT roommate“. This will HELP Ravi and GO AGAINST the prosecution.
Fahy went on: “The fact that Clementi knew about the webcam incident and DIDN’T SEEM TO REALLY CARE in his messages could make it hard to establish (the argument) that he was intimidated“.
“On Sept. 21 (2010), he (Clementi) sent Ravi a text: “Could I have the room again like 9:30 till midnight?” and received the reply, “Yeah no problem.” Ravi then tweeted twice about the rendezvous occurring in his room and texted a friend at Cornell, “PEOPLE ARE HAVING A VIEWING PARTY“. This was the latest taunt.
“That afternoon (September 21, 2010), Ravi and Clementi saw one another in their dorm room, but there is no indication that they exchanged words. Ravi does recall in his statement seeing Clementi “doing something by his desk“, but police have not released the handwritten note found in the room. Ravi left the room to meet with a friend and returned to find that Clementi had gone. At 8:42 p.m., Clementi posted his last status update on Facebook, “JUMPING OFF THE GW BRIDGE SORRY“, a HORRIFYING ending to an 18-year-old’s life. Heck, this would have been a horrifying ending to ANYONE‘s life.
Fahy went on: “IT IS ONLY BECAUSE of its association with the suicide, that this made it to court. IT SHOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED“.
Finally, Honecker finished off: “This story has all the levels necessary TO CAUSE A MEDIA STORM — young college students from a BIG university, BIAS INTIMIDATION, … PRESSURE FROM ADVOCACY GROUPS and FAMILY MEMBERS saying he was just AN INNOCENT FOOLISH KID“. We can have a lot of things back, but “innocence” ISN’T one of them.
So, the case of Dharun Ravi looks like it will be the next high-profile case.