After Death of Rutgers Student, ADL Calls for Greater Awareness of Cyberbullying

Teaneck, NJ, October 4, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) New Jersey Regional Office called for greater awareness of cyberbullying and Internet safety in the wake of the tragic death of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who committed suicide after a video of his sexual encounter with another man was put on the Internet.

Etzion Neuer, New Jersey Regional Director, issued the following statement:

The Anti-Defamation League is deeply saddened by the terrible circumstances surrounding the death of Tyler Clementi. ADL strongly supports the investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutors' Office to determine if the perpetrators targeted Clementi because of his perceived sexual orientation. If so, a prosecution on hate crimes charges could be part of a strong and effective outreach and education effort to deter future such bullying.

This case is a reminder of the critical need for education on cyberbullying and Internet safety. It also highlights how the destructive impact of cyberbullying extends beyond the high school years and into college. We must do more to educate students on the real-world consequences of such behavior.

In August 2010 the League submitted a host of policy and programming recommendations to the US Department of Education for the Federal Bullying Summit.
ADL is at the forefront in responding to bias, bullying and cyberbullying through a combination of education and legislative advocacy. More information can be found at www.adl.org/cyberbullying.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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