Is 30-day sentence fair for student who bullied gay roommate?
May 21st, 2012
04:33 PM ET

Is 30-day sentence fair for student who bullied gay roommate?

Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for spying on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide in September 2010.

Ravi will also serve three years of probation, complete community service and pay more than $11,000 in restitution for the conviction. But after potentially facing deportation and 10 years of jail time for using a webcam to spy on Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge in the Hudson River, the world is taking to the web with their opinions on the sentence.

On Twitter:

A miscarriage of justice? 

Faiza S Khan ‏@BhopalHouse If the law means vile Dharun Ravi gets 30 days for bullying his roommate to point of suicide, surely something wrong with the law?

Karl Frisch‏ @KarlFrisch 10 years and deportation was a bit excessive, but 30 days? Really? Ravi gets 30 days in Rutgers spying case:

Kashmir Hill‏ @kashhill Ravi sentence in Clementi case is more a deterrent for future prosecutors than for future privacy invaders.

Ms. Tee  (Bawse) ‏@TheTeester Dharun Ravi only gets 30 days. I'm sorry but this is making a mockery of the justice system #RutgersTrial

A missed opportunity? 

Ethel Mertz ‏@boyalexboy Best community service is having Dharun Ravi go out and speak at high schools as a warning to bullies to mind their own business.

John Kultgen‏ @getitsally I believe in learning from even the worst mistakes. I don't have any "should" belief of what should happen to Dharun Ravi.


Childish prank or heinous crime? 

Bryan Jones: He is a kid that did what hundreds of thousands of kids do everyday... something stupid. The judge did a great job. Don't make it into something it isn't.

Anthony Negron: I think you don't know what you are talking about. If an U.S. citizen did this overseas, they would of made the U.S. kid an example in that country

Heather Anne: Yes, but that there not here and it not what we're about.


An issue of privacy, or an issue of prejudice? 

eyeofsauron: That's it? He went out of his way to spy on what people did behind closed doors. He builds his joy on someone else's pain, and he has a fundamental character problem. He should have been locked away and pay for a good part of his life. It would be unfair for him to have a life after what he has done while the other family ended up with a dead kid.

TheTurth: That was his room. The other guy went behind to have some gay fun in their shared room.

CapnHowdyxkl: Once again the homosexual haters are out in force, but in the end you have to ask yourselves , what if this were your son? Would you feel this is justice. Same as the Trayvon case, put yourself in the shoes of those people who lost the light of their lives, would you feel the same?

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  1. R S

    I think Dharun Ravi was bullied by his roommate Clementi asking for a room and he had to go. That was not fair to Ravi.
    They both paid for the room, why Clementi could not go somewhere else.? They both paid same for the room .

    May 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • pattysboi

      You are 100% WRONG. What your little bff ravi did was MURDER, and you know it. He should have gotten life in prison, with NO parole.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prettygal

      I agree. When I was in college, my room mate used to have her boyfriend over a lot. I just wanted to sleep or study. I could do neither. Tyler was selfish, especially in his final act. Moreover, Tyler was mentally unstable. If this did not set him off, something else would have. Tyler's mom was the last person to communicate with him. She could not accept that he was gay. Why not bring her up on charges?

      May 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hernandezusa

    just deport him and permentally revoke his visa to return the US.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Don

    It's more than fair. Had his roommate been kissing a girl, would it have been different? If the suicide was from shame, that's not this young man's fault. What he did was wrong, but a hate crime? Would it have been a hate crime if it his roomate was kising a girl? This was a horrible example of a 'hate crime'. Yes, it's sad for everyone involved, but no one made than boy jump.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • pattysboi

      It is NOT "more than fair". It's horrifying and an extreme miscarriage of justice. Grow UP and get a life.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • flashg65

      Well said.....his lifestyle killed him....shame but true!!

      May 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lamar

    What was this "Judge" smoking? ?30 days? REALLY??? Jail time, and deportation, and revoke any visa forever at a minimum. What World does this reside in? Obviously, not REALITY.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MySay500

      The judge was probably friends with the $500.00 lawyers that were paid by Ravi's father.
      It was a waste if taxpayers' money and court time. Ravi should have simply been deported. If this happened in their country by an American, who would have not received since a light sentence.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • maylane22

      come-on this judge was paid off. United States of America works on MONEY. This judge has a BIG account in an off shore bank from the parents, he will retire with a nice bank roll.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ray

    I think 30 days is too much – he should have been sentenced to time served, he spied on his roomate- it is really not that big of a deal. What happened to Clementi was tragic, but everyone is making Ravi a scapegoat for his death. Clementi clearly had issues which extended beyond that one stupid college webcam prank.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sean

    The Trial must have been Hell. 30 Days is enough time!

    May 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Will

    Its very unfortunate but no need to ruin Ravi's Life..

    May 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • MySay500

      Will, if you notice Ravi's curly hair in the photo above. I wonder if he pulled the prank because others were riding his back and he wanted to prove to them that he was straight since he was sharing a room with Clementi. Ravi was definitely wrong in what he did and did not foresee the outcome. Ravi is just fortunate that his father's $500.00 an hour lawyers were able to hid alot of the true facts. However, if this had occurred in their country, I do not believe an American would have received the same punishment.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    30 days is too long he should not have went to trial in the first place, it's unfortunate that the guy killed himself but clearly he had some deep rooted issues that he could have very well went to the parents about. Once again it's society's fault for not picking up the slack for parents that clearly had a son with emotional problems and being found out gay wasn't the straw that broke the camels back it's what he had to deal with on top of everyone knowing he gay.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. snookie

    get him while hes in jail film it and send copies to his friends and family

    May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marta Meyers

    This is sending the wrong message! Let's just slap him on the wrist and let him on his way, that's the American way. OMG! so true if it was a US citizen in a foreign country they would lock us up and throw away the key. This should have been an example and they should have shown people this won't be tolerated. You don't understand the pain of bullying unless you've been bullied!

    May 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daddy Bear

    injustice fo sho! zimmerman will probably only get 60 days... life in america

    May 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joan Donnelly

    The justice system in this country just continues to send a message to bullies and all other evil wrongdoers especially those who are not even US citizens – Just do whatever you feel like doing, hurt innocent people, and chances are you will get away with it. 30 days in jail gives new meaning to the term "slap on the wrist". This Ravi character just joins the ranks of low lifes like OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony and I have a feeling George Zimmerman in thumbing their noses at the law and being a good person.

    May 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laurel

    30 days is an insufficient punishment. Is the judge afraid that the defendant will suffer bullying in jail?

    May 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    30 days is an insufficiant sentence it should be more but ravi did not tell this boy to jump he didnt push him and is in no way resposible for his death,maybe he would have jumped that day anyway!who knows?

    May 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yaiyo1962

    No one can bully you if you are confident in your decisions. Unfortunately this young man wasn't strong enough to withstand the horrible behavior of his roommate and "friends." STOP BLAMING WEAKNESS ON OTHER PEOPLE.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
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