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A letter from SHS

August 29, 2013 - Paul Giannamore
PabloG “Ihlenfeld grabs opportunitiy Steubenville and Ohio missed” (entry of 8-16-13) generated a response from Steubenville High School Principal Shawn Crosier.

As I have tried to emphasize, unlike some blogs, this one is a newspaper column online. It means I have rules to live by. The fast-and-loose Internet “news” style, where opinion and belief are confused and blurred with what can be proven is in part why the Steubenville case became a national story, perhaps blown out of proportion.

So, by the rules that I live by, which I have followed in the past when disagreements arose over my words or topics in print, I will simply turn over my space to official responses from responsible individuals.

Here is Mr. Crosier’s letter:

“Mr. Giannamore:

I happened across your blog dated 8-16-13, “Ihlenfeld grabs opportunity Steubenville and Ohio missed” and thought I would share some information with you. On May 24, 2013, Steubenville City Schools in conjunction with Darryle Griffin (brother of Archie) and the Brightway Center, hosted a workshop in which all of the county schools were invited to send representatives. The purpose of the workshop was to address an “Opportunity” that you say was missed. All athletes and cheerleaders of both SHS and Harding Middle School, along with numerous other schools who sent administrators and student representatives, spent three hours going through modules developed and presented by staff of the Brightway Center. Those modules included Social Responsibility, Ethical Leadership and Dating Violence. I have enclosed a copy of the T.E.S.T. workshop overview (TEEN ETHICAL STANDARDS TRAINING) for your review. It took many months of planning by the Brightway Center and Steubenville City Schools to make this a meaningful presentation for all in attendance. I applaud Mr. Ihlenfeld and his efforts in the Northern Panhandle and hope more schools take advantage, but we certainly did not miss an “Opportunity” in Steubenville.


Shawn Crosier

Steubenville High School Principal”

The workshop overview from Brightway includes a module about social responsiblity, defined as “A person’s obligations and duties toward the society he lives in and its people,” a module about ethical leadership, one about teen violence prevention and one dealing with drug and alcohol use, including the county prevention and recovery board and the anti-drug coalition.

The opportunity was not missed, I will say that. Anything further would be taking this to the next round, which is not my intent. The community is divided enough.

I appreciate Mr. Crosier’s professional response, and hope that I have reciprocated.


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