And that makes those friends part of the problem.
From People magazine: Bullies. Criminals. Voyeurs.
These are not the people friends of Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei know, no matter what labels are being tossed around in the media – or what police are saying, according to their pals.
“He is a very good kid, very respectful,” says one of Ravi’s neighbors, Clara Sreeran of Ridgewood, N.J. “It’s just a bad mistake.” Read more…
One look at his now defunct Twitter feed suggests that “respectful” is not the first word that comes to mind to describe Dharun Ravi.
Meanwhile, there are calls for Rutgers to expel both Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, and a New Jersey U.S. senator has called for a state anti-bullying law requiring colleges to adopt a code of conduct related to bullying. And Molly Wei’s lawyer has come forward to state that she is innocent. As she doesn’t seem to have tweeted her involvement as Ravi did, it may be difficult to demonstrate her role. Will Molly Wei get away with no disciplinary action for this transgression?
Edited to add: There is a remarkable and cathartic writeup about why people who do what these two allegedly did is simply NOT OK over at Kate Harding’s blog. Her post and the comments that follow are all worth a read.