The suicide of a Rutgers University student whose sexual encounter with another man was streamed online by his roommate has prompted new legislation from a New Jersey senator, reports a New York Injury Lawyer.
“Tonight we call on one another to stamp out the bigotry and the harassment that [caused] this young fellow to take his own life at 18 years of age,” said Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey. He was joined by other New Jersey Democrat legislators and Garden State Equality, a gay rights group that organized an anti-bullying rally at which the senator spoke.
The body of an 18-year-old student was recovered from the Hudson River, a week after he jumped from the George Washington Bridge. The bridge spans the river between New York and New Jersey, where Rutgers is situated. The student jumped from the bridge after two other Rutgers students allegedly made a streaming video of him and another man engaged in sexual activity.
The proposed law would cause any schools that receive federal student aid “to create policies prohibiting the harassment of any student,” the senator told a New York Injury Lawyer. Cyberbullying would be classified as a form of harassment under this new legislation.
Lautenberg went on to say that federal funding would be given to colleges and universities to help them counter and prevent bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. The victim’s roommate and another student, an 18-year-old woman, have been charged with invasion of privacy. They are accused of placing a camera in the victim’s dorm room without his knowledge, then streaming the sexual encounter online.
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