Former Student Sentenced to 30 Day Imprisonment for Spying on Gay Roommate
College Bully Sentenced to 30-Days Jail, Community Service
Ahrun Davi, 20, faced prison time for broadcasting his gay roommate's date.
By Everyday Health Staff
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MONDAY, May 21, 2012 —The roommate of Tyler Clementi — the college freshman at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. who leapt off the George Washington Bridge after realizing his tryst with another student had been broadcast over a webcam — has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and 300 hours of community service for bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.
Ahrun Ravi, 20, had faced 10 years in prison after being convicted in March of invasion of privacy, witness tampering, evidence tampering, and the hate crime of bias intimidation. Ravi and Clementi had been roommates at Rutgers for just a few short weeks.
“I heard this jury say ‘guilty’ 288 times … And I haven’t heard you apologize once,” aLos Angeles Timesreporter described how Judge Glenn Berman addressed Ravi before sentencing. “You cannot expunge the conduct or the pain you caused.”
Ravi’s mother sobbed in the courtroom as the sentence was read, and Clementi’s parents sat quietly, reported the Los Angeles Times.
“All of the defendant's actions … were planned, were purposeful, and were malicious,” prosecutor Julia McClure said, describing Ravi as an arrogant attention-seeker and dismissing the defense claim that Ravi meant no harm when he secretly filmed Clementi. It “defies logic and common sense,” she said.
Other Prominent Bullying Cases
Last fall, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer from suburban Buffalo, N.Y., took his life while a freshman at Williamsville North High School. Jamey had endured years of abuse from both classmates and anonymous Internet tormentors, mostly questioning his sexuality. Comments on his Formspring account, a social-media site that allows anonymous postings, called him “STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND [sic] UGLY” and even encouraged him to take his own life: “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier!”
The bullying persisted. In May, he posted a YouTube message for the , a worldwide movement to reassure troubled and potentially suicidal lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth that there’s life beyond bullying. In the video, Jamey encouraged his peers to be hopeful and confident in their identities. “We were born this way,” he said. “All you have to do is put your head up — put your head up and you’ll go far…. I promise you, it will get better.”
January 2010, Phoebe Prince, also 14, hanged herself at home after she was bullied in South Hadley, Mass., mostly by other girls at her school, according to WBUR in Boston. Three of the accused — which included a male football player — allegedly taunted and followed Phoebe, who was new to South Hadley as an immigrant from Ireland. The case was resolved in May 2011 when the youths plead guilty to reduced charges. Five were placed on probation, with sentences to community service.
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