September 29th, 2010
10:56 PM ET

Student's apparent suicide linked to webcast of sexual encounter

A Rutgers University student who apparently committed suicide was the unknowing target of an internet broadcast showing him in a sexual encounter, New Jersey authorities said Wednesday.

Two other Rutgers students have been charged with invasion of privacy after they allegedly placed a camera in 18-year-old Tyler Clementi's dorm room without his knowledge and then broadcast lementi's sexual enounter, according to the Middlesex County prosecutor's office.

"If the charges are true, these actions gravely violate the university's standards of decency and humanity," Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick said in a statement Wednesday.

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  1. darcie

    once in a while, there are just bad seeds. it might not be the parents fault. sometimes you can do everything in your childs best interest and 1 out of 4 will be bad anyway.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. tomcat

    This country is a melting pot and nobody should feel ashamed of who they ard or what they believe.

    September 30, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. jeff

    haha thats life. its a pain and only the strong live and the weak die. and this kid is weak

    September 30, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    Manslaughter comes to mind

    September 30, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. tomcat

    jeff may I correct you? According to you this kid is weak. Sorry but he wasnt weak but just pushed to a breaking point. What a way to remember this young man. I hope you have a great day

    September 30, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Ahmad

      tomcat, what do you mean by this, so for you, doing wrong thing was OK, but if someone showed what you were doing is not OK ? I think they are same.
      I would have serious problem with this if these stupid college kids have broadcasted a video of a married couple of something of that nature. to me, both are wrong. One kid murdered the humanity .. while other 2 did same for a human.

      September 30, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. darcie

    tomcat you can be 100 percent involved in your childs life from birth on and sometimes there is just a bad seed. 1 of 4 children raised the exact same could just make bad decisions that doesnt have anything to do with thier upbringing.

    September 30, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Taylor

    They put a camera in his room...just like watching him without telling him, this happens all the time in college except now he has taken his life, its very tragic but to blame it all on the kids without knowing what this guy was going through is a bit of a rush to judgement

    September 30, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. jeff

    @ tomcat Oh yes cuz life in the usa is so hard with going to collage and making a better life for yourself. you ppl make me sick i can go to any 3rd world country and find a young man that would do ANYTHING just for a shot at what that weak fool gave up on.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. will

    We can be so mean to other people let love abide to others our condolence and orayers to the family. BE STRONG!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joel

    if he was ashamed of being gay.....shouldn't have been messing around with another dude....i have absolutely no respect for people who kill themselves....its a selfish act to do....no one is to blame for his actions but himself.

    September 30, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    If someone illegally watching leads to suicide, we would all be dead.

    September 30, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. James

    I totally agree with joel.if the guy was ashamed of being gay,he should ve straightened up.i wont kill myself if i was videotaped with a girl.he was selfish,a regretable loss though.

    September 30, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. ang

    Let's just all learn something from it.

    September 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. texas jim

    What they did was wrong in many ways. As a nation we need to grow up and let people live their lives.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
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