The Opinions Editor asked the columnists to sound off on the Dharun Ravi trial if we felt we had anything to say. This this week I wrote about a situation I was in a few years ago that reminds me of the Ravi/Clementi incident because that experience has influenced how I think about the trial and its verdict. I’m crossing my fingers that my parents don’t read this one. (Sorry mom and dad!) You can read about the verdict here if you have not yet been filled in. If you had not heard about Tyler Clementi there is a great piece by The New Yorker that explores the circumstances surrounding his suicide.
In the wake of the verdict in the Dharun Ravi trial, I have been thinking a lot about what the case means. I imagine many of you have, too. Ravi was convicted of bias intimidation, evidence tampering and invasion of privacy for spying on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, with a webcam. As I followed the course of the trial, I had always been inclined to think of what Ravi did as the stupid actions of an immature boy during his first year of college. I do not think what he did was right or excusable, but I also do not think it was unusual behavior.
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