Posts Tagged Jefferson County

Deborah Still Reaches for the Sky

 Jordan_Renee91 Since being outed Deborah Still aka Jordan_Renee91 has pulled the “I was h4x0r3d” excuse and continues to dig her hole a little deeper on Twitter.  I am going to update this post and continue to post screenshots of all the Shrew Crew on the forum because it is important for people to realize that the kids behaved badly for a reason…the adults in their lives.  These people are bullies, liars, and victim blamers.

She has already alerted her work but she’s “not Deb”.  She has no desire to make anyone jobless, but she and her crew of hateful pals have not only threatened to contact employers, identified employers of those who they disagree with and have tweeted to employers…BUT she is worried about her own conduct at her employer? REALLY?  It sure hasn’t stopped her from Tweeting to my business account or others and maligning me and my business.  In short, DEBORAH…karma is a bitch and if someone does contact your employer and it is found that you abused their services and/or used their internet to harass, malign, bully or intimidate others – you are going to be hard pressed to find anyone to shed a tear for you.

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Steubenville PSA – SHHHHH! Play Ball!

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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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Big Red Nation Says Eff You to the World

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.   

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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.

 

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Less Than Honorable Behavior

There has been a lot of activity coming out of Steubenville lately from  illegal gambling raids to the Bill of Particulars being released in the State’s case against school administrators regarding the alleged cover up to protect Steubenville high school athletes accused of rape.  Last week the Bill of Particulars was filed with the court which accuses Mike McVey, Superintendent of Steubenville City Schools of  wiping computer hard drives, erasing emails and lying to investigators about his knowledge of the allegations against the boys. There have also been allegations of witness  intimidation or harassment raised by both the prosecution and the defense in McVey’s case.

McVey has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice, and misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstructing official business.

Early on McVey claims that he and the principal deferred investigation or judgment to Coach Reno Saccoccia when asked about the school’s involvement in the investigation of the accusations.  In fact, McVey stated to CBS News in January 2013 that “protocol was followed” with regard to the handling of the investigation by the school.  That “protocol” should raise questions all over again since he now stands accused of covering up a crime and tampering with evidence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cultural Apathy

Last week members of the Steubenville Police Department along with agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed the search warrants on 8 locations throughout Jefferson County in what was reported to be raids resulting from an illegal gambling investigation initiated by Steubenville Police and Ohio BCI.  An estimated $1.5 million was seized as a result of the coordinated raids.  


What is odd is the lack of response by Jefferson County Prosecutor’s office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department with regard to the raids.   Why hasn’t the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s office congratulated Steubenville PD and BCI on a job well done?  There have been so many other congratulatory butt slaps over the past 2 years when it comes to joint effort investigations and arrests.  Why no congratulatory ticker tape this time?   

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Second Indictment Issued by Steubenville Special Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 23, 2013
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
 Eve Mueller: 614-466-3840

Second Indictment Issued by
Steubenville Special Grand Jury

(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that a second indictment has been issued in the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.

Hannah M. Rhinaman, 20, of Mingo Junction, was indicted by the grand jury on the following counts:

  • Two counts of Receiving Stolen Property, a fifth degree felony
  • One count of Grand Theft, a fifth degree felony

The charges against Hannah Rhinaman are related to incidents that occurred at Steubenville City Schools. However, the charges are separate and unrelated to the previous indictment issued against her father, William Rhinaman, on October 7.

If convicted on all counts, Hannah Rhinaman could be sentenced to up to three years in prison.

The grand jury adjourned today until a future date to be determined.

Source: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/OHAG/bulletins/910126

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Life is About Changes

The Steubenville trial is quickly approaching and once all is said and done – lives will be changed forever.  Lives have been changed regardless of the outcome.  The lives of every person who tweeted or retweeted the events of that night will forever have those bad decisions to follow them anytime someone Googles their name.  Michael Nodianos’ life changed when he and his friends laughed maniacally over the sexual assault of a young girl.  Many lives have changed, including my own.

I was sued for defamation of character for allowing the exchange of ideas and opinions on this blog.  My anonymous commenters lives were changed as well.  I am sure many of them are hesitant about ever voicing an opinion online for fear of becoming a legal target again because in their town you aren’t supposed to talk about it.  I was hospitalized for a week while trying to defend myself from accusations of defamation and trying to make sure that my John Does weren’t hung out to dry.  I’m okay with that.  It was worth every second of it to stand tall and fight for what I believed in.

And then my life changed when people who I thought were my friends jumped on the “Alex is attacking our town” bandwagon and used our friendship as a weapon in their attempts to wipe their own slate clean.  My writing about Steubenville has never been an attack on the town as a whole.  There are some wonderful people there, and I still have friends and supporters there.  I wrote about this case because I was providing information that the media was not.  ANYONE looking for the information could have found it.  I lived in Steubenville and think I have insight into what it is like there.  I have no grudge against an entire town.  I have no grudge against individuals – even the mother of my former best friend who wished AIDS on me and hoped that I died a slow death.  I feel sorry for her that a woman her age has is capable of this much hate and I am embarrassed that Connie’s mother has brought her own family shame because of her behavior.

die of aids

This is someone’s mother.

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Indeed, lives have changed and will continue to change.  Life is change.  Embrace it.

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Debra Copeland School of Bright Promise

Debra Copeland, a physical therapist at the School of Bright Promise in Jefferson County, Ohio was put on paid administrative leave and is facing three charges of child endangerment for abuse that was secretly recorded by an intern.  The intern who worked at the School of Bright Promise secretly recorded the  sessions with Copeland and two special needs children.  The woman who is being identified as BJ told News 9:

“Her demeanor, the way she would speak about the children, sometimes I would hear her talk down to kids. It seemed odd to me.”

BJ recorded one video (posted below) that shows a child during a 30-minute physical therapy session where she can be seen sitting.   Copeland then comes over and shoves the little girl back to the ground and says, “Get down now. I said down. No.”
Copeland is also seen picking the little girl up and making her stand with her legs in locked braces stating, ” Stand up you little bitch, stand up.”   When I saw this video, I cried.  This woman is working with our most vulnerable members of society and what she did and said to this child is beyond cruel and reprehensible.

This comment was left on WTOV9.com’s site regarding Debra Copeland.

http://www.wtov9.com/news/news/students-family-student-releases-video-alleged-abu/nWMwt/#/comment/p1/c527715/

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Third Wintery Weather Rally

I received this in an email the other day and was so touched by it that I wanted to share.  I can tell you that while watching all of the rallies, I have been so incredibly moved by the outpouring of support for Jane Doe, but for all of those wonderfully compassionate and caring people who braved cold weather to let their voices be heard.

Third Wintery Weather Rally

(Thankful good people like Prinnie were willing to share the truth, hard as it was to hear).

Tying my hood a little tighter, as the wind sneaks through to my ears, shuffling my boots to dig deeper into the patch of snow and ice so I don’t slide off the curb where I’m standing to give myself a few extra inches of height…..looking at the crowd of speakers..at the Guy Fawkes masks, wondering which one is which…do the social media admins even come to these local protests? I am not as computer savvy as I’d like to be. I don’t tweet, I don’t even own a cell phone…refuse to be that assessable…always did hate phones. But, have been following these young Anon’s that have put up Facebook pages on her behalf. Most of them are probably not much older than she.

Been spending parts of days off of work going from one Facebook page to another, reading article after article, post after post, (I even found twitter on my iPad), searching, waiting, hoping that more will have the morals, values and character to do the right thing, to stand up and state, “I was there, this is what happened , this is what I did, and I am very very sorry”. But, the teens who attended these rape crew parties obviously have parents whose parenting skills are as rusty as the skeletal remains of the steel mills that lie dead on the shores of the Ohio.

So many involved and only two taking the fall for all. The posts from these deviants along with my intuition tells me there are other rapists who have been kept safe from the same fate.

Just one from the very large crowd of the apathetic ‘I didn’t help her’ guilty came forward to apologize to this young victim. Not only does no one else step up to apologize to the innocent students for the shame they brought upon their school, but many big fish in this small pond of a town are going to extreme measures to discredit the very people who are here for this little girl. Instead of honest, lets fix this mess and salvage our reputation, there is damage control. For many it is easier for this dying town to make excuses for and divert attention from the football team, involved students, coaches and school board members than to confront, acknowledge and amend. I am frustrated at the lack of empathy.

I am angry that the very citizens of this town did not call forth this rally to stand up for this victim and to state loud and clear, ‘Rape In My Town Is Unacceptable!’

But they didn’t, so here I stand with these strangers who did; old, tired and growing colder. Beating my gloved hands together to try for a little friction heat. I read the protest signs, lend my ear to the voices, smile at these vocal youth who are all heart, giving the only thing I can offer this young girl – my presence and support.

I stand in the middle of a group. Surrounded by local police who are keeping their crumbling city safe from this little old lady so bundled up she can barely move. A kind person passes out hand warmers and blue ribbons. This rally is young, old, man, woman, boy, girl, victim, survivor, neighbors of Ohio Valley near and far. We are masked and unmasked. We are a presence sharing our hope that she hears our voices saying, “we are so sorry sweetie, we are doing what we can to drown out their apathy , hoping our presence will bring enough attention to this case that as hard as they might try to stop it, you have a fair chance for justice”.

I tie my Steeler black and gold scarf a little tighter around my neck, carefully step off the icy curb to make my way across the river to home ….a little lighter in heart because these people braving this weather, speaking from their heart…. are something that is right in this world.

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