Tyler Clementi tragedy prompts Hofstra student vigil
Hundreds of Hofstra University students gathered outside Hofstra Hall Tuesday night (Oct. 5) for a vigil remembering nine people who were bullied across the country.
All nine students ranging from their early teens to 20s committed suicide during September. All nine were either gay or had trouble deciding who they were and the pressures of fellow students became too much to handle.
Though none of the deaths happened at Hofstra University members of the Pride Network (a group that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students) felt the need to ban together.
The suicides were all brought to light after Rutgers University freshmen Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate and a friend taped Clementi having “sexual relations with another male” as reported by ABC News.
The vigil began at 8pm and was only supposed to last an hour however, once the scheduled program concluded students , faculty and community members each took the opportunity to share personal reflections on the treatment of gay Americans – either something they experienced firsthand or had witnessed a friend or family member go through.