Rutgers suicide: The life and death of Tyler Clementi
Two Rutgers students are accused of surreptitiously videotaping a college freshman, Tyler Clementi, while he had sex with another man, and broadcasting it on the Internet.
That student who was taped, a few days later, reportedly jumped off the George Washington Bridge to his death last week. Unfortunately, there's been a sad spate of suicides of young gay people recently, as documented in this ABCNews report.
My thoughts on this: the technology we have at our fingertips gives us unprecedented access to a worldwide audience. But we need to think about the appropriateness of the content we choose to share. And we need to respect people's privacy and desire to control their own personal information.
As for Tyler Clementi, at the moment, many news reports seem to be making the connection between the video surfacing on the Internet and his suicide. I'm hoping that people who are closest to him, who maybe spoke to him about the video, will give us all some insight into why this promising young man would kill himself. Suicide can be a complex decision.
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