As news of the guilty verdict in the Rutgers roommate trial came in live on HLN, people turned to social media to share their reaction and discuss the jury’s decision.
Dharun Ravi faces up to 10 years in prison for invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. The charges stem from Ravi spying on his gay roommate engaged in a sexual encounter and then broadcasting what he saw online. Tyler Clementi killed himself after the incident.
Some people who tweeted with @HLNtv and posted on HLN’s Facebook page believed the verdict was a triumph and said they hope the trial will have a positive effect. @myangeljill tweeted there was a "clear distinct message from jury: u will be prosecuted 4 bullying-intimidating others."
"Thank God! I hope all bullies young and old take note and change their hurtful ways. No one should have to be hurt like this guys victim was. Bullies beware! We are not putting up with it anymore!" Melinda McCarty posted on Facebook.
"Justice was served," @DaniVanHerwynen posted on Twitter. "Hopefully this shows Rutgers (as an alumni) that they need to better choose their RA's.”
"I believe justice was served today. There are so many outlets today to spread and encourage hate! I am delighted that this jury stood up and said, 'Enough!'" Kelley Anderson Provost posted on Facebook.
But not everyone agreed with the jury’s decision. "I think this was wrong! What 18 yr old guy wouldn't of reacted when finding out his roommate was gay?!" @OKTams posted on Twitter.
"This kid going to jail cause some kid was too weak and killed himself. It was wrong what he did but if the roommate didn't kill himself there be no trail," BrooklynSharif K. Morgan posted on Facebook.
Others believed Ravi should not have been held responsible for Clementi’s suicide. "Suicide does not occur over one incident; shouldn't have attributed to Ravi," @SassiGranni tweeted.
"It's sad. Cause he's def guilty. But he's a young stupid kid!," @SassyCass13 tweeted. "Another 3 yrs or so and he wouldn't have thought that 2 be so cool or funny."
But @yamimichi disagreed. "DharunRavi wasn't a stupid kid pulling a prank. 18 is an adult & he knew exactly what he was doing."