As a result of the suicide of gay Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, the state of New Jersey passed the "Anti-Bullying Bill Of Rights."
Despite this, Clementi's parents are planning on suing the University, although Rutgers claims that his death is not their responsibility.
According to a notice from Clementi's parents' lawyer, Rutgers failed to protect Tyler from "unlawful or otherwise improper acts" by two of his classmates, who spurred his decision to jump off the George Washington Bridge after they broadcast a video of him having sex over the Internet.
Damages that Clementi's parents are listing in the suit include pain and suffering, loss of companionship and support, and financial costs.
Here's what Rutgers spokesman E.J. Miranda had to say about the situation:
"We at the university share the family's sense of loss of their son, who was a member of our community. We also recognize that a grieving family may question whether someone or some institution could somehow have responsibility for their son's death. While the university understands this reaction, the university is not responsible for Tyler Clementi's suicide."
According to a statement made by Clementi's family, "a decision as to whether to file suit against Rutgers University in the future has not been made."
Guess we'll see what the family decides to do.
This is an awful situation, and it continues to upset us that this happened in the first place.
We hope the Clementi family is able to find peace over time, one way or another.
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