Had Clementi not committed suicide or had the case not been given so much attention, Ravi probably never would have faced a jury. The prosecutors had no choice but to push the harshest possible charges.
Throughout 2010, a number of colleges have tackled scandals dealing with everything from a highly publicized sex list to a suicide that set off a nationwide advocacy campaign to support gays and lesbians.
If hate is learned, then it lies on our shoulders to teach our young kids acceptance before they continue hurting each other, and before they become adults who will likely pass their hatred to the next generation.
Has anyone yet reported on the life Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi lived together? What kinds of cultural experiences was Ravi encountering that might have complicated his own decisions? What about his Asian-American accomplice Molly Wei?