Tyler Clementi’s Parents: Prosecute His Bullies, But Don’t Give Them A ‘Harsh Punishment’

The tragedy of Tyler Clementi, who six months ago jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate and a friend secretly set up a live webcast of his intimate encounter with another man, should be used to “make something positive,” say his parents (through their attorney) where they call for the prosecution of — but lenient sentencing for — his two accused bullies. Tyler’s roommate Dharun Ravi and his friend Molly Wei were both charged with two counts of invasion of privacy, but they’ve yet to even be arraigned or indicted. (Both claim innocence.) But once they are, say his parents, they should not receive a “harsh punishment.” But, let the case move forward: “We feel it is important to establish accountability and to further establish that Tyler was subject to criminal acts, not merely a college prank as some may argue.”

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