What’s a fair sentence for Dharun Ravi?
Mar 29, 2012
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“Bullying is a part of life, unfortunately. He’ll have to live with the aftermath of his actions for the rest of his life. That’s a form of punishment in itself. Sending him to jail isn’t going to solve the bullying problem. The court should order psychological counseling [for Ravi]. But he’s not a danger to society in the sense of committing physical violence.”
“Mandated sensitivity training. What he did was absolutely horrific: It was a bad decision. But college kids are known to make bad decisions. The focus should be on creating safe environments for students to be themselves. Sending [Ravi] to jail isn’t going to accomplish that.”
“I read somewhere that he doesn’t feel any remorse. That angers me. I think he needs to do extensive community service, so he recognizes the severity of the situation. But don’t give him jail time. He’s young. Going to jail could destroy his chances of ever having a normal life.”
“He should be required to go around New Jersey and speak to students about the harmful effects of bullying — how it can ruin a life, [or] cause a suicide. He should do that for the next 20 years. Then, maybe he’ll realize the seriousness of what he did. He deprived someone of a life.”