Dr. Phil is joined in his studio by Nina, a Dartmouth University freshman who attended high school with Tyler Clementi. "You knew him for the four years that you guys were in high school," he observes.
"Yes, I did," Nina answers. She smiles as she remembers her friend. "My freshman year, I had the honor of having a class with him, and we worked on a project together. After talking with him for a while, he began to warm up. As soon as he started opening up, he had a lot to say. He was a great kid, one of the sweetest, most admirable people I could ever have been friends with."
"Did people in high school know that he was gay?" Dr. Phil asks.
"No," Nina replies. "He never saw himself as coming out."
Nina shares some positive remembrances of Tyler. "Walking down the hallways, he'd be the first person to say hi to me. He was so wonderful, had such a sweet disposition, and he was a friendly, happy guy," she says. "He's a beautiful person who is greatly missed."
"Was he bullied in high school?"
"Not that I'm aware of. He never shared anything with me about that."
Nina recalls how she first learned of Tyler's death. "When I was sent this news, I had no idea. I went into the common room [on campus], and turned on the TV, and saw the headlines and was in complete shock."
"This was out of character for him," Dr. Phil says.
"Absolutely. I never saw this coming. This was a huge shock."
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