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Tyler Clementi's brother speaks about upcoming trial
NEW BRUNSWICK (WABC) -- Before Tyler Clementi became the poster child of bullying, his brother says the 18 year old was bravely confronting his fears and honestly coming out to his friend about his sexuality.
But James Clementi says when his brother found out two fellow Rutger's students were conspiring to videostream Tyler kissing another man using a webcam, it was too much to bare.
"He really tried to be a strong person and and honest person, but it seems like he was just punished for that forthrightness and made to be a joke or a laughing stock, and I think it must have taken its toll on him emotionally and mentally. I think that was a lot, and I don't think he knew how to respond to that,
Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington bridge on September 22, 2010. His roommate Dharun Ravi is charged with invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. James Clementi says regardless of what a jury decides the public needs to know, words can be devastating.
"Until you've been the target of that kind of hatred, you don't understand the pain that you're inflicting on other people. I just think about the epidemic that suicide has become amongst gay youth, and it breaks my heart, and every child that I've seen on the news since and before my brother's death. He's one of many, unfortunately, and this needs to stop. It's not the answer," said James.
And when it comes to forgiveness James says, "Yes, and I think that there is a time for that, I don't know if I'm there right now. The trial is going to be incredibly emotional, and every day is going to be harder than the last, I think. I just want to get through this and make sure my family gets through that period. But I think that we're just hoping for some type of justice in the court system and putting our faith in the prosecution that they do what they need to do."
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