That second attempted webcast was not viewed by anyone, including Ravi, but Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge in New York the next day, using his phone to post a short message on Facebook just before: “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry." Ravi’s alleged Twitter account was deleted shortly after.
Clementi’s death was one in a string of teenage suicides attributed to bullying, which inspired the antibullying campaign, the "It Gets Better Project." Officials including President Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recorded videos for it, as did celebrities Anne Hathaway and Justin Bieber.
Congress is considering the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, which would require all universities receiving federal funds to have a policy banning harassment based on race, sexual orientation, disability, or gender identity.
Despite public outcry, cyberbullying remains new territory when it comes to criminal prosecutions, and cases have gone both ways. A 13-year-old Missouri girl, Megan Meier, took her life in 2006 after being bullied over Myspace.com. A woman who had participated in the bullying with her teenage daughter and her daughter's friends was acquitted in 2009 of "accessing computers without authorization."