I spent a bit of time on the phone today with a documentary filmmaker who is doing a film on Steubenville, and among the things that we talked about is how or how hasn’t Steubenville changed in the past two years. He has done some traveling for this project and told me that he hears over and over how terrible people think Steubenville is and that it really has a bad reputation. I agree, but we also talked about how they have handled the publicity.
It hasn’t been dealt with very well and over the course of the past two years, I can’t think of one positive thing or turn of events where this case has been involved. Sure, locals are going to say that Ma’lik rejoined the football team and that they think this was a positive event; or maybe their bragging rights that he made great grades is something that makes them feel that somehow this qualifies as redemption, but overall how has the town’s reputation been uplifted? What has occurred locally that qualifies as an xample of a positive learning experience from this case? The news coming out of Steubenville is grim.
Tomorrow Matt Belardine will be sentenced for probation violation. The Judge reportedly wants to speak to the woman in Arizona who is at the center of the assault controversy there. I hope she’s a bit more level-headed via Skype or telephone with the Judge than she has been on Twitter.
Regardless, all of this is going to make for some very interesting material in the future and one can only hope that one day the powers that be in Steubenville can get their act together in Steubenville and start making positive change in their community.