Rutgers Freshman Tyler Clementi Was a Promising Violinist
As an emotional nerve is struck across the nation by Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi's suicide, INSIDE EDITION speaks to Clementi's music teacher about his promising future as a violinist.
It's the first video of Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old college freshman who leapt to his death from the George Washington bridge after a roommate allegedly posted video online showing his intimate encounter with a man.
Clementi played in his home town's symphony orchestra when he was still in high school. He seemed destined for greatness.
His former music teacher, Emanuel Sossinsky, gave INSIDE EDITION a video to show what a great talent the world has lost.
Sossinsky said, "The loss is unbelievable. It's very difficult for me to even think that he has gone."
The cyber-bullying that led to Clementi's tragic suicide has touched an emotional nerve across America.
George Stephanopoulos said on Good Morning Ameria, "This is cyber-bullying on steroids!"
New Jersey governor Chris Christie choked with emotion as he spoke about Clementi, saying, "As a father of a 17-year-old girl, (pause) I just can't imagine how his parents are feeling today."
And a somber Ellen DeGeneres posted this message on her website:
"This needs to be a wake-up call to everyone. Teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country and the death rate is rising."
There were also angry protests by Rutgers students.
Now, the precious performance moments caught on video are all that remain of Clementi's gift.
Sossinsky said, "The last person in this whole world i would expect anything like this to happen to would be Tyler Clementi."
Two of Clementi's classmates are currently charged with invasion of privacy. Rutgers University plans on having a moment of silence for Tyler at their nationally televised football game on Saturday.
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