Report: Clementi Family Elects Not to Sue Rutgers, Ravi

Family to focus energy on foundation created in name of their son, The Star-Ledger is reporting.

The family of Tyler Clementi will not be suing his former college roommate, Rutgers University or anyone else involved in the spycam scandal many believe played a role in Clementi's high profile suicide in 2010, the Star-Ledger is reporting.

"The Clementi family made a considered decision to not pursue civil suits," Clementi family attorney Paul Mainardi said, according to the Star-Ledger report. "They are devoting their energies to the positive work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation."

A gifted but shy 18-year-old violinist from Ridgewood, Clementi's fatal jump from the George Washington Bridge on September 22 of 2010 brought an international spotlight onto the issues of cyber bullying and challenges faced by the LGBT community.

Clementi's college roommate, Dharun Ravi, was convicted on 15 charges, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.

Ravi focused his webcam onto Clementi, filming him romantically involved with a man known only as "M.B." On another date, the Plainsboro computer whiz boasted on Twitter that he would be holding a though the "party" was never held.

Ravi served 20 days of jail time for his conviction, a sentence Clementi's family said was far too lenient.

The family in 2010 filed a motion in court notifying Rutgers they had the option to file a civil suit against the state school. The deadline has passed and no actions are forthcoming, according to the article.

In the original tort claim filing, the family accused the university of not acting in a timely and appropriate manner to prevent their son's death.

During Ravi's trial, testimony revealed Tyler voiced his concerns with Ravi's behavior to a resident assistant at Davidson Hall in Rutgers and wrote in messages to friends he felt the resident assistant took them seriously.

The family has also held forums on bullying at the university since the creation of the foundation.

The attorney who represented Ravi during his trial reportedly told the Star-Ledger there are unanswered questions with the family's decision not to sue, but said little else.

Joseph and Jane Clementi formed the foundation named after their son in December 2011 to raise awareness of cyberbullying by "promoting responsibility in our children's personal lives and on-line presence...We want them to understand the importance of their words and actions."

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JAFO October 05, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I applaud the family for finally recognizing and accepting the consequences of their own actions.
tell it to the judge October 05, 2012 at 02:20 PM
JAFO, KARMA happens.
MG October 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Jackhole, I mean Jafo-a little harsh.
JAFO October 05, 2012 at 02:52 PM
So is not accepting your son for who he is.
Brian October 05, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Between this decision and the very appropriate sentence in the case I am beginning to believe that logic sometimes prevails. It would be very appropriate if Rutgers were to make a generous donation to that fund since they just saved millions in legal fees and possible damages.
tell it to the judge October 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM
And who are you to make that statement regardless of what someone says? What someone (especially a parent)says and what is in their hearts is something only that person can know, so don't go try playing GOD. <So is not accepting your son for who he is>
MG October 05, 2012 at 05:32 PM
To cast blame on this family is cruel. I am sure in time they would have accepted their son's sexuality. However now they live with the loss of a very talented and caring young man.My heart goes out to them.
Harlan Consider October 07, 2012 at 02:14 PM
So it's okay to have let his family have time to accept his sexuality, but not for his room-mate?
tell it to the judge October 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
His family wasn't setting hidden cameras on their son, his roomate was. BIG difference. His room-mate didn't need time to except it, his room-mate was having fun exploiting it.but it seems you can't even figure THAT out.
Harlan Consider October 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM
So what do you think caused more emotional damage? The camera incident or the rejection of his mother? Ask a gay guy.
tell it to the judge October 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
You're not responding to my reply directly. First point:His room-mate didn't need time to repsond as I said, he was too busy setting cameras up. Second point: No one but Tyler knew what went on between his mother and regardless of what is said. Ask a parent. <So it's okay to have let his family have time to accept his sexuality, but not for his room-mate?>
MG October 08, 2012 at 02:18 PM
His roommate was malicious- However I believe the verdict was correct.


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