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