Tyler Clementi's Parents to Rutgers: We May Sue

Joseph, Jane Clementi file notice preserving right to sue
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Updated Dec 23, 2010 8:15 AM CST
Tyler Clementi's Parents to Rutgers: We May Sue
This file June 2010 photo shows Tyler?Clementi, left, hugging a fellow student during his 2010 graduation from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ.   (AP Photo/Ridgewood Patch, Sam Fran Scavuzzo, File)

Jane and Joseph Clementi haven't decided whether Rutgers University was at fault in son Tyler's suicide, but they've filed notice protecting their right to sue just in case. It reads in part: "It appears Rutgers University failed to put in place policies that would have prevented" the online posting of Clementi's gay encounter. The notice was filed just before a 90-day deadline; the Clementis must now wait at least six months to file suit, reports the AP.

Rutgers fired back, denying responsibility: "We at the university share the family's sense of loss of their son, who was a member of our community," said a spokesman. "We also recognize that a grieving family may question whether someone or some institution could somehow have responsibility for their son's death. While the university understands this reaction, the university is not responsible for Tyler Clementi's suicide." (More Tyler Clementi stories.)

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