In recent weeks, Rutgers University, the New Jersey school that housed Tyler Clementi, the student who committed suicide after discovering that his roommate, Dharun Ravi, had videotaped him with another man, has seen another student hurt.
It was supposed to be a superb day. Rutgers went into overtime play in their football game against Army. But after attempting a tackle just moments before the end of the game, defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand was left paralyzed.
LeGrand is a Rutgers University junior. To his friends, Eric is described as “goofy” and “dedicated.” After being hit, Eric lay on the motionless on the field until he was carried off the field and immediately into emergency spine surgery. It is not said whether or not the 20-year-old LeGrand will ever walk again.
As told to ABC News, by Mike Demko , a fifth year sports management major, “I was at the game and the entire stadium went silent. You could hear a pin drop when it happened. You knew something awful had happened. It put a damper on a day that should have been good.”
The LeGrand family issued a statement delivered by the university, “We want to say thank you to everyone for all of your prayers, kind words, and well wishes. We appreciate every single though. Eric is in good spirits and we are praying for a full recovery.
Eric’s coach, Greg Schiano told the press Saturday that LeGrand “is a fighter.”
As the students of Rutgers University are wondering, “What else can go wrong?,” we may need to look directly to the administration at Rutgers in the Tyler Clementi case. If any member of the Rutgers University staff knows anything about karma, it would benefit them tremendously to own up to the way they and dealing with the Tyler Clementi case. Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei have been charged in the Tyler Clementi case – as Molly Wei acted as an accomplice to Dharun Ravi. But at Molly Wei acted as a passive participant, the resident assistant and the Rutgers Administration knew early on of Dharun Ravi’s activities. The charge of invasion of privacy is not a strong enough charge for Ravi and Wei. Because of the nature of the crime, voluntary manslaughter is more befitting. The charges should also match those for the resident assistant at Rutgers University as well as the Rutgers University administration.
Does Rutgers University really want other incidents to occur? What will it really take for this not to be seen as a curse for Rutgers? Well, that may just be up to Rutgers.