Posted by Karol at 04:38 PM
He did a terrible thing. He might as well have pushed Clementi off the bridge. I don’t think he should be charged with any degree of murder, but he should do some jail time as an example that bullying people to death brings grave consequences. This is only one example of many I’ve seen in the news over the last few years.
I agree that he should have jail time, but not for murder, and not under some hate crime charge.
People should treat each other better. However, outlawing bullying will not work. Kids are jerks at times. This particular jerk broke some laws. I’m not a NJ lawyer, but I’m sure there are statutes dealing with privacy, unlawful recording, etc. However, as much of a jerk as his roommate was he did not commit murder. The young man was obviously troubled. We have no way of knowing if he contemplated suicide before he was mistreated. He may have come out to his parents, friends, etc and gotten the wrong response. Regardless he exercised his free choice to jump. It is a shame that no one in his life saw he was depressed or suicidal. In the long run, what happens to the jerk doesn’t matter. It does matter that we all pay attention to the people in our life and reach out when they are troubled.
Largebill, I love this: “It does matter that we all pay attention to the people in our life and reach out when they are troubled.”
This is a touchy subject, proving those 2 kids acted with intent to harm that other kid will be very difficult in a court of law.
The other problem they will have is that they shared the room so even invasion of privacy will be tough to prove as he could have had the camera to monitor his possessions.
Regardless the roomate is a shithead, who probably won’t get jailtime, but will have to live knowing he precipitated his roomate’s death.
The only angle they could use is the invasion of privacy was done as a hate crime but that max penalty will be much less than say a physical attack.