I have been thinking about this ever since I heard about it.
What a tragic loss of life.
A friend of mine was trying to tell me that those who did this were "only 18" and that "kids will be kids."
To say I went off on him is an understatment.
This had nothing to do with "youthful indescretion" and had everything to do with a lack of respect and regard for others.
The behavior of those students was wrong on so many levels.
Where is their sense of decency to not disrespect others by videotaping their intimate moments?
Where are the boundaries and morals to not treat others with such disregard and as their lives are for their own amusement?
These, and other lessons of respect, should have been instilled in them, or at least introduced to them, from the time they could speak.
Either they were never given the moral guidance that makes for kind and compassionate human beings, or they disregarded those values and went in a very different direction.
I am certain if they were violated in a similar way there would be no end to the lawsuits and outrage they would bring forth.
The violation of boundaries, the lack of respect, the disseminating of very personal moments over a global network and the heinous insensitivity regarding his roommate's homoaffectional preference are disgusting.
Equally disturbing is the fact that neither of these students are taking responsibility for their lack of morals and decency.
The fact they are international students is irrelevant.
What is relevant is that they were more concerned with getting attorneys than to attempt to acknowledge or to apologize for their insensitive and irresponsible behavior.
Their young age is no excuse. If they have not yet learned the values of decency and respect by now, they never will.
They should have known better than to violate someone so cruelly and to think this young man's life was nothing but a joke.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and those who loved and respected him.
Acceptance on someone else's terms is worse than rejection.