Mother of bullying victim urges Moravia High School students to be compassionate

MORAVIA — Jane Clementi remembers her son Tyler’s smile.

Jane told Moravia High School students Wednesday morning that Tyler was a caring person and a talented violinist who had a passion for learning about different things. Despite that “radiant smile” she saw every morning, she said, Tyler had hidden his sexuality from her, which she said was difficult for her to grapple with.

Tyler committed suicide at age 18 after his Rutgers University roommate outed him as gay in 2010, generating national headlines and spurring conversations about bullying. Jane, who founded the Tyler Clementi Foundation, an anti-bullying organization, spoke at an assembly at the school’s auditorium.

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