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POLL: Who is to Blame for Tyler Clementi's Death?

While his roommate stands trial for invasion of privacy, the world watches to see if the video spying was a contributing factor in the Rutgers University student's death.

The first week in the trial against Tyler Clementi's roommate has just concluded. Clementi was a Rutgers University student who took his own life in September 2010 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge shortly after finding out his gay lifestyle had been captured secretly on videotape and shared with other students.

Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, is charged with invading Clementi's privacy because he set up a video camera in their dorm room that caught Clementi having gay sex and shared the information with other students.

The case has sparked a debate over cyber-bullying, harassment, and whether Ravi set out to intimidate his roommate because he was gay.

Though Ravi is not charged in connection with his roommate's death, he is charged with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and hindering apprehension. 

The trial is expected to last at least three more weeks. 

Is it fair to blame Ravi for Clementi's death? Was Clementi's suicide a direct result of the taping? What do you think?

Eric Parker March 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Nice try, but you conveniently added the phrase on homosexuals to Niemoller's original quote. Niemoller never mentioned homosexuals in this quote. No need to embellish the truth to make your point.
Tired March 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
My heart goes out the Clemente family. I am sorry for your loss. Dharun Ravi is not responsible for someones suicide. Suicide by definition is taking your own life. If someone can make you do this there are much deeper issues at hand.
Monk March 07, 2012 at 06:33 PM
This incident certainly illustrates the gap between user maturity/intent and the possibly grave consequences of technology use. It used to be that the worst a dopey kid could do is break a few windows or steal some junk. Now, lives can be destroyed in an instant by immature or malicious persons with a few mouse-clicks. Don't misunderstand me, but I think Ted Kaczynski was on to something when he criticized technology for its dehumanizing effects.
Jeanne March 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I find this poll incredibly insensitive and inappropriate. I think being respectful of the family's loss would include not polling our community's opinion on the causes of his death. When I think of a poll I think of what is the best Italian restaurant in town or who has the best ice cream. I do not think of making light of someone's tragic loss. This is incredibly offensive and I hope that out of respect for the family you will shut this poll down. Let the courts do their work.
07006 dude March 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I agree Jeanne...I wanted to say something, too, but couldn't come up with the words. This is bothersome.

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