It was reported today that Ma’Lik Richmond has rejoined the Steubenville High School football lineup.
Ma’Lik Richmond, one of two teens convicted in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, was back on the roster at Steubenville Big Red as of Monday morning.
Richmond was found delinquent of raping a 16-year-old girl in March 2013, and must register as a Tier II sex offender every 180 days for 20 years.
Richmond was released from an Ohio Juvenile Detention Center on January 6, 2014, and in June of this year, the 7th District Court of Appeals upheld his sexual offender classification.
I don’t know why I am shocked. I mean, didn’t we all assume this was going to happen? Really, why would this school care about what people thought about them or that they look more like rape apologists than they ever did? It is very obvious – even two years later – that Steubenville High School and the school board could give two shits less about rape.
Steubenville High School has multiple employees/educators/administrators who have been charged for being LIARS and who tried to PROTECT a football program by obstructing justice, tampering with evidence….did I mention LYING? Why would such a fine and upstanding school district give a shit what the world thought of them after their football players and students broadcast rape over social media and then pretended to NOT know what rape was? Where is the change? In two years how have they contributed to changing rape culture? Where is the outrage from the locals that a registered sex offender is being allowed back on the field? Or does it matter as long as Big Red gets the wins?
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine even ordered one plea bargaining Steubenville principal, Lynette Gorman, to educate students and school officials about the seriousness of sexual assault and the need to report these incidents. Did she? Where are these educational materials? Is she upset that a registered sex offender is being allowed back on the field?
How is anyone in Steubenville to take rape seriously when one of the perpetrators is allowed back on the team? What kind of a message is this sending to the kids? That it’s okay to rape – just don’t put it on
Twitter? Steubenville is the poster child for rape culture around the world and it was of their own doing…or lack of doing. Not once did city leaders ever say this will never happen again. They have done nothing to change the attitudes in their town and have had two years to do so.
WHAT has Steubenville City Schools done to insure that nothing like this ever happens again? Anything that they may have attempted to do has just been nullified by rewarding a registered sex offender by allowing him back on the team. Is this distraction going to be beneficial to the other team members when opposing teams taunt them as they have in the past?
Steubenville School systems does not give a shit about rape, about rape culture, or about anything other than WINNING football games.