Rutgers: It Gets Worse

Earlier this year Rutgers student Tyler Clementi killed himself after an acquaintance recorded him having sex with another male student in his dorm room. Despite the school’s candlelight vigil, and the fact that several politicians seem to think Rutgers’s policies on intimidation and harassment are a great model for the rest of the country, Clementi’s parents indicated that they may to sue their late son’s school.

According to an Associated Press article:

Joseph and Jane Clementi… filed notice Friday preserving their right to sue. They have to wait six months after the notice to file a lawsuit over their son’s death, which became a symbol in a national outcry over the bullying of young gays.

In the notice, the couple said “it appears Rutgers University failed to act, failed to put in place and/or failed to implement, and enforce policies and practices that would have prevented or deterred such acts, and that Rutgers failed to act timely and appropriately.”

Clementi’s September death, and other suicides of gay teens that followed, resulted in several “it gets better” videos by celebrities aimed at struggling gay teenagers.

Rutgers spokesman E.J. Miranda said that “We…recognize that a grieving family may question whether someone or some institution could somehow have responsibility for their son’s death. While the university understands this reaction, the university is not responsible for Tyler Clementi’s suicide.”

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer