Ridgewood Students To Remember Tyler Clementi

NEW YORK (CBS 2 ) — Tyler Clementi’s death is being felt across the country, especially in his tight-knit hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Students at Ridgewood High were dismissed early Tuesday so faculty and staff could prepare for a Thursday school-wide assembly designed to help kids understand and confront their feelings about Clementi’s death.

“I just think it’s about time the school addressed it and I think it will definitely address a lot of the problems we have in our school,” senior student Alex Antonacci told CBS 2’s Kristine Sloan.

Clementi committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge two weeks ago after a sexual encounter with another man was broadcast online by two fellow students.

The Bergen County community where Clementi grew up is still reeling from the tragic death.

Students at Ridgewood said Clementi isn’t the first from their school to take his own life. This summer, Kaitlyn Alvaro, who would have been a senior, committed suicide after losing her mother.

Parents and students have questioned how the school system handled the tragedies.

“It was not mentioned as a suicide and I think the education system was lacking in that,” parent Andrea Glickhous said.

The Superintendent of Schools said “issues are addressed on a pretty consistent basis” and that “we have had counselors available.”

But parents are pleased the student assembly for Clementi is finally scheduled.

Also on Monday, the attorney for Molly Wei, one of the two Rutgers students charged with spying on Clementi, commented on the case for the first time. Wei’s lawyer said his client is innocent and that she has been maligned by unfounded attacks.

  • Leslie

    I grew up in this town and I can tell you that there is a seriously negative attitude toward individuals that do not conform.
    You must put up with it or else you are chastised by adults and told you are not valuable.
    This is a horrible tragedy, but I hope that that Ridgewood becomes more accepting of ALL people and ways of being after this incident.

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  • Linda Guerci

    I’m glad that Ridgewood is coming together as a school to talk about suicide. The school needs to start talking to eachother and supporting eachother.
    Concerned friend.

  • Nemesis xyz

    Although I feel sorry for Mr. Clementi’s parents, you must admit that this young man had a very weak constitution to resort to suicide over a prank. Young people have to toughen up to face the realities of life. But unfortunately, we live in a world of fantasy and fiction, and when reality hits, it can be unbearable.

  • Karen Aiken

    This kind of abuse is insidiously endorsed in a social climate where gay marriage is still illegal in most states. Will our country ever become truly civilized?!…

  • effing

    i hate it when people do things just for the heck of it – not thinking the consequences of their action nor how it will affect the people involved.

  • John V.

    This is such a sad story. I actually pity the heartless duo that embarrased and humiliated this young man.

    From a hetrosexual father of a possibly gay teenage son.

    • D

      Talk openly with your son. Secrets are the only thing that can can hurt us,

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