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Let’s Argue Over the Internet About Someone’s Death


09.30.10 Kari Ferrell

It seems the whole internet is abuzz with the truly upsetting story of 18 year old Tyler Clementi’s suicide. It seems that Tyler was driven to jump off of the George Washington Bridge, after his roommate Dharun Ravi and friend, Molly Wei, livestreamed a video of him having sex with another man.

Sadly, it seems that the world is mostly content with the actual suicide (or maybe they’ve just come to terms with it), and are now concentrating on internet fighting over what should happen to Dharun and Molly.

Lis Wiehl from Fox News claims that if parents were more in tune with their kids cyber lives, Tyler’s death could have been prevented. What she doesn’t seem to understand is that Dharun and Molly are–not only dirty minorities–but consenting adults. It seems that their parents have as little control over them as their consciences do.

In the legal world, the two are being charged with two counts of invasion of privacy, a crime that is punishable up to five years in prison, but the likelihood of them getting anywhere near that is slim.

After surrendering themselves to the police, both bailed out of jail for $25,000. It’s pertinent to remember that when posting bail, you are only required to put down 10% of the total amount. If the judicial system believes that you should remain in jail awaiting your court date, they will purposefully put a high bail over your head. $25,000 (or $2,500) is nothing.

Besides arguing over the fact that the two were able to bail out of jail so easily, people are also fighting over what should happen to them in the long run. On one hand, 18 year old kids are often times Special Olympics retarded, and commonly do things without thinking of the consequences. On the other hand, recording your new roommates intimate moments and releasing them on the internet seems a bit much.

Though I don’t believe that they should be charged with a hate crime, I do hope that they realize the great impact that their actions have on other people.

Just as Molly and Dharun overreacted to a situation, suicide probably wasn’t the answer, but I suppose that doesn’t really matter now. Having people reprimand you in your death makes no sense, and I can only hope that wherever Tyler is now he’s doing okay.