The parents of Tyler Clementi, the gay Rutgers first-year who killed himself last fall, say they want their son’s roommate prosecuted, but they don’t want him to receive too harsh a punishment.
Dharun Ravi is accused of streaming one of Clementi’s dorm-room hookups over the internet and attempting to broadcast another. Ravi used Twitter to brag about the invasion of privacy to friends and acquaintances.
Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge days later, shortly after complaining to dorm staff about Ravi. Ravi and a fellow student, Molly Wei, who is alleged to have participated in the prank, withdrew from Rutgers not long after Clementi’s suicide.
Ravi and Wei have been charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy, and prosecutors are believed to be considering hate crimes charges as well. Neither case has yet been brought to a grand jury. A prosecutor this week told a local newspaper that “the investigation is continuing.”