Tyler Celementi jumped to his death last week after having a live feed of him making out with another male student streamed on the Internet. Many feel that this went beyond a prank or bullying and was an actual hate crime. However, New Jersey prosecutors may not be able to bring these kind of charges against the two Rutgers University students linked to Tyler’s death.
Dharun Ravi was Tyler’s roommate and was the one who set up the live stream. The computer used belonged to Molly Wei. They are currently charged with invasion of privacy and cyber snooping.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan told the Newark Star Ledger, “Sometimes the laws don’t always adequately address the situation. That may come to pass here. Only after there is a complete understanding of all the facts can there be an analysis of the law. Right now we are fact-finding.”
Regardless of if hate crime charges come to pass, this is still an example to show your kids. Make sure they know that bullying has serious repercussions.