Cyberbullying: What Should Have Been Done to Protect Tyler Clementi?

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ByABC News
September 30, 2010, 9:37 AM

Sept. 30, 2010— -- The case of a Rutgers University student who committed suicide after his roommate live streamed his sexual encounter with another young man has again raised questions about cyberbullying at universities.

Tyler Clementi, 18, reportedly notified his resident adviser and other university officials about an incident earlier this month in which his roommate, Dharun Ravi, allegedly live streamed video of Clementi having a sexual encounter with a male classmate.

Gregory Blimling, Rutgers University vice president for student affairs, told ABC's Good Morning America that Ravi's alleged actions were prohibited under university rules, and that the school had turned the case over to local authorities.

"We reported what we knew to the Rutgers University Police Department, which worked with the local prosecutors office," Blimling said.

Last week, according to his family, Clementi leaped to his death off the George Washington Bridge, which spans the Hudson River between New Jersey and Manhattan.

A recent study found that gay kids four times more likely than straight kids to committ suicide.

Our question to you today: What should have been done to protect Tyler Clementi?

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