NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thursday marks one year since the suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi. The tragic anniversary comes just days after an upstate New York teen was apparently driven to suicide after being bullied.
Earlier this week, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Williamsville, committed suicide after his parents said he was taunted at school for being gay. His family said that he had been taunted with online slurs and comments.
The deaths have prompted a nationwide outcry against bullying, including from singer Lady Gaga.
“The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life,” Gaga posted in a Twitter message.
In another tweet, Gaga posted that “Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime.”
Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after authorities say his intimate encounter with another man was captured and streamed via webcam by his roommate.
The incident prompted New Jersey to enact strong anti-bullying laws and highlighted the issue of cyberbullying amongst others.
Clementi’s roomate, Dharun Ravi, is currently facing hate crime charges. Ravi’s friend, Molly Wei accepted a plea deal, and entered a pre-trial intervention program, which will allow for the criminal charges against her to be dropped.
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