Planned Protests for Steubenville

I wanted to get a post up about any potential protests that might take place at the Steubenville High School football game this coming Friday or after.

Tempers are high because Steubenville City Schools and Steubenville High School has allowed Ma’lik Richmond back on the team.  Coach Reno Saccoccia says that he deserves a second chance and the city leaders also seem to be taking this stance.  A petition was created on Change.org by Elizabeth Beier that generated over 60,000 signatures asking the school to rethink their decision and to remove Richmond from the team.  I can tell you now that there is a better chance of Elvis running for president than that.  It’s simply not going to happen.  Steubenville is…well…Steubenville.

People want to protest and rightly so.  They SHOULD.  I am encouraging protests.  Marc Randazza and others have pledged $500 to every school that shuts Big Red out – meaning a zero point game.  That’s something I can get behind as well.  In fact, maybe collecting donations from the public at large and dividing them up between the schools that shut them out is in order.

What we don’t want to happen is this:  These protests are about doing the right thing. Any signage or tshirts, etc. should refrain from “I support Jane Doe” or mentioning Jane Doe.  She has blamed enough by this community and this will just be another opportunity for them to blame her again.  Any signs should demand that SHS do the right thing – that they have an ounce of human compassion and decency, but for now…let’s give Jane Doe a breather.  Steubenville High School should be ashamed of themselves but let’s not give them the opportunity to blame anyone but themselves for this latest mess they’ve found themselves in.

And you can always called the superintendent.  If you would like to call them yourself: (740) 283-3767

Shame on you

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2 Comments

  1. Marianne Thomas

    I am with you there is a better chance of Elvis running for president. Steubenville is ……….Steubenville doing the right thing is not something some of the folks there are willing to do. I believe the petition with 60 000 signatures speaks volumes. Will that encourage anyone to rethink their decision? Sadly, not anytime soon.

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  2. Dee Collins-Wood

    Learning of the rape was so shocking and repulsive. I found it difficult to follow the case; after reading of the conviction and sentencing of Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays and upon reading the notice of a grand jury being formed for further investigation into the case, as a former resident of Steubenville, I was aware of the fact that in all probability the investigation would not bring much more to the cause of justice. About a week ago I was searching the internet for information concerning someone who lived in Steubenville and was a relative of Ma’lik Richmond. I was shocked by my discovery and decided to learn as much as I could about the case, etc. Through reading additional articles and watching news videos I became outraged at the “slap on the wrist” punishments,dismissal of indictments (some in the name of supporting plea bargaining), support for the two (that is convicted) rapists and the list goes on and on and with now the public and online praising of the rapists and Steubenville’s recent store window writing “love where you live” it ignited a fire in my heart and I started working on a blog about the real Steubenville and started a petition on http://www.change.org to stop the college football recruitment of Ma’lik Richmond because I believe when he said his life was over and no one would want him he was referring to not being recruited (again only thinking of himself) He has a post for recruitment on http://www.hudl.com with a small clickable box for recruitment. I believe since he has taken a great amount of happiness from his victim that the denial for his dream of playing college football would not even begin to be an adequate punishment; and he does deserve being denied his dream.

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