Last September, Tyler Clementi committed suicide because his roommate Dharun Ravi decided it would be fun to spy via webcam on him and his lover having sex and broadcast it to the universe. Today, the New Jersey Grand Jury indicted Ravi on 15 counts of invasion of privacy, evidence tampering, and witness intimidation.
Apart from being arrested and indicted, does he realize the gravity of the situation? Clementi was humiliated and jumped off the George Washington Bridge. I wonder how bad he really feels. One of the charges was evidence tampering. He tried to cover up what he did by “deleting” a Tweet and replacing it with another. Cyber forensics should tell you that you can’t get away with that nowadays. It’s not like burning evidence. The minute it goes through a network, they can find it. He also tried to erase text messages and sway a witness. I guess it wasn’t about being sorry but trying to “delete” what he did. Thing is, he can’t. Tyler Clementi is still dead. He may not have pushed him off that bridge, but he sure as hell gave him a reason to jump.
I don’t get it. Is there no remorse? I haven’t heard an apology. I haven’t heard, “I wish I could take it all back so that Tyler would still be alive.” Maybe his attorney advised him not to. The other person, Molly Wei, was arrested for letting him broadcast it from her computer in her dorm room. A friend spoke for her a couple weeks after Tyler’s suicide. “She’s really upset about this, she definitely feels bad, and wishes it didn’t go the way it did.”
Wishes it didn’t go the way it did? Yeah, I wish he didn’t kill himself, and that she had a hand in it. What in her made her think this was OK? Why didn’t she say, “Get the f out of my room. Bye bye now?” Why would she let someone use her computer to humiliate someone?
I disagree with New Jersey Governor Christie on almost everything, but I couldn’t agree more when he commented shortly after the tragedy, “I don’t know how those two folks are going to sleep at night.” Yeah, how do they sleep at night knowing that someone is dead because of what they did? Or is it all about saving their asses at this point?
This whole thing just saddened and angered me. I can only hope we can get justice for Tyler. I hope he is convicted on everything and gets the maximum sentence. I hope Wei is indicted and convicted on something as well. It won’t bring him back, but it will teach people you can’t do crap like this and get away with it. And there are things you just don’t do. That should be obvious, but it seems common sense and decency are traits that Ravi and Wei lack.