A group that is walking from Chicago to New York’s George Washington Bridge to raise awareness about bullying is receiving support from an unexpected source.
The parents of Tyler Clementi, who took his own life in 2010, will be joining forces with the Friend movement on Sunday to honor their late son.
Clementi, the 18-year old Rutgers student, jumped from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010 after a college roommate made a video recording of him in a sexual encounter with another male, according to the New York Daily News.
Joseph and Jane Clementi, along with his older brother James, will be walking the GWB for the first time since Tyler’s death. The Friend Movement will be finishing a 921-mile walk on the Bridge, according to the Daily News. The family is joining to draw attention to the problem of bullying.
James Clementi says he is walking because he looked at it as a challenge. He said, according to Gay Star News, “The choice that Tyler made was not the choice that anyone should make in that situation. There are positive ways of dealing with a crisis.”