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McVey discusses response to alleged rape investigation

January 10, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Mike McVey said this morning the school district followed proper protocol when officials learned of an alleged rape last August that may have......

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Jan-12-13 2:38 PM

colkrause I have thought the same thing from the start and I think we all are thinking the same thing. There were probably girls there too but we won't know for sure if they don't tell us. I want to know just as bad because I understand that girls can be just as sadistic as guys. In the end I'll talk crap and smear the pigs and punks all day because there i sufficient reason too but I don't know if there i any evidence of that so I don't wanna open mouth until I know. You are very right to be concerned though, keep speaking up.

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Jan-12-13 9:31 AM

McVey said: "As a school district, our goal is to graduate students who are well educated.” Yesterday this paper showed the top spellers in Steubenville School District. You will find one from The Virtual Learning Academy, eight from Bishop John King Mussio School and one from his city schools. I say he has a lot of work to do. This is what happens when the majority of the teachers are hired because they are directly related to school board members or very close associates instead of the best qualified teachers. See Indian Creek, Multimillion dollar buildings have nothing to do with it. You must have students willing and able to learn and the most qualified teachers that can communicate.

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Jan-11-13 9:52 PM

We believe it's way past time for the Ohio Dept of Ed. to get invoved and take a look at how badly the school, local school board, all invoved dealt with this nightmare, or rather did not deal with it. Time to clean house in Jeff. Cnty. Long overdue.

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Jan-11-13 9:51 PM

We believe it's way past time for the Ohio Dept of Ed. to get invoved and take a look at how badly the school, local school board, all invoved dealt with this nightmare, or rather did not deal with it. Time to clean house in Jeff. Cnty. Long overdue.

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Jan-11-13 9:47 PM


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Jan-11-13 6:53 PM the wallets WILL occur once the lawsuits rightfully explode...yes, the entire rotten system should be scrapped....hey...let's do something different in the ville...let's actually honor education, ethics and those who were negligent and suspend football.

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Jan-11-13 4:54 PM

Lab1660...really? You think because the football coaches did what football coaches do all over this country when their boys are in trouble, and because a FEW students participated in a heinous crime that the parents of EVERY student in the ENTIRE school system must be punished?? Really?? You're ignorant. Beagle..."open up your wallets, SCS". That'll CERTAINLY help improve things in the district...paying out already stretched educational resources to pay for lawsuit verdicts. I agree absolutely that sports, and in particular, football, gets WAY too much priority around here. But the way some of you want to demonize the entire district, which includes thousands of students who did NOTHING WRONG and around 200 teachers, bus drivers, cooks, secretaries, etc., who ALSO did NOTHING WRONG is shameful & counter-productive. Punish the guilty. Absolutely. And remove those who stood by or actively hindered the investigation. But let's not condemn the innocent with them.

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Jan-11-13 9:36 AM

OK - After reading all the comments, there is an overwhelming consensus of the corruptness of the school system. Mike McVey is an old HS jock from E. Liverpool who needs to grow a set and do two things: 1. Fire every coach immediately peripherally involved in the case, who threatened reporters or witnesses, held parties, gave favoritism, or failed to act promptly to suspend players; 2. Fully suspend the Steubenville HS football program for at least 1 full season to insure the program is broom clean.


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Jan-11-13 7:57 AM

With all the posts you all are making, only one person acknowledge the lack of female voices at the parties.

Does anyone know if girls attended the parties. No one has mentioned this fact.

If they were why are they silent.

I think we are in this to protect our young ladies; where are they?

Someone in the area knows if girls attended.

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Jan-11-13 1:53 AM

Drm1979 I am not sure if that is why it was on the DL for so long busy your theory is just as good as anyone elses. It is interesting that you brought it up because I never thought of it that way.

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Jan-11-13 1:48 AM

All this proves is that mcvey doesn't really care about the incident or his students. He only cares about how bad this makes his school and specifically his precious football program look. We can see right through you man just give up.

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Jan-11-13 1:44 AM

Of all the people involved in this it is the superintendent's lack of leadership that has been the most upsetting.

I don't blame the police for any of this. They seem sincere. It seems to me through all your statements that it took you over five months to express any support for the victim. You shed responsibility from day one and seems far more interested in the rest of the students than you did this girl.

It really seems to many people that you have a sick school system in a sick town. I would encourage you to be more swift and then more sincere int he future when dealing with a violent crime and the likely criminals you have sought to protect. Or, worse, inconvenience.

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Jan-11-13 12:21 AM

Shouldn't the coach lose his job for threatnig the reporter and his family. And for playing the rapist and kicking the kids who did right off the team. Great school. No matter how much you win you will be hated unless you clean house.

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Jan-10-13 11:49 PM

I left Ohio b/c of my experience as a 14 yr old girl who was also raped by HS athletes. I can say that in some sick way, I will love that day. I learned crudely how disgusting humans can be. The way the boys who raped me were protected, due to their entitled status as athletes and the silence of the other girls I knew it had also happened to. I will always remember that day...regardless of media coverage, or whether justice would be served...this is not something I am afforded the luxury of forgetting, thanks to the fact that I was conscious, but drugged left unable to move or speak. At the very moment the door was locked I was taken into, terror set in...I don't remember my clothes being removed.I remember the full weight of me being held up, as I limply hung in someones arms...being stood up like a dummy. My arms dangling over his. My head hung forward bobbing around because I had no control over my neck muscles. They passed me around quickly as if to play hot potato w/my body CON'T

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Jan-10-13 11:45 PM

@Donning Maybe it's a huge conspiracy against Big Red Football that this is my story and it happened in another city in Ohio where just as much is invested in it's high school athletes...maybe it's all a big conspiracy against the precious Big Red team...or are proving the point that too much emphasis is placed on the importance of high school football in much so that the kids who play the sport think they can get away with you know that being raped is like someone is murdering you...something dies in you that you don't get back...maybe it's a conspiracy that people like you are still so focused on the football team that you're evading the culture of rape that your football team is a part of that could potentially rape one of your daughters some day...or maybe already has...does even this resonate with you? Or, maybe I'm just trying to smear the football team.

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Jan-10-13 11:04 PM

How the Steubenville case exposes the cruelty faced by rape survivors...


Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail****, "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc."

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Jan-10-13 10:56 PM

When the FBI offers its help, and your own department doesn't have the technology know how to investigate this monumental case---you take the help.

The devil is always in all the details---if its an economic crime you follow the money, if it a crime that involves teenagers you follow the text messages and the social media---cell phone records for two weeks prior to this crime need to be analyzed and the dots connected then start pullin' a Columbo on these kids.

Come on Steubenville get it together and do the right thing. Even if these teenage girls don't understand the severity of this crime as yet ... as the grown ups its your job to show them the way.

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Jan-10-13 9:35 PM

Without trying to be too it me or does it seem none of this was discussed in the public eye from August until December? What took up a majority of that time frame...? Steubenville Big Red football. It seems to me they brushed this under the rug so not to avoid any problems with the money maker known as high school football. Especially since reports are stating a few assistant coaches and instructors were involved in the under age drinking parties etc.

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Jan-10-13 7:24 PM

I would like to know what is the proper protocol when the school finds out that their students are drinking underage, with coaches, at coaches houses and passing pictures of naked girls via cell phones to each other and the rest of town. What is the proper protocol when coaches tell students to delete information which would help the police with finding the truth, when the head coach orders the police off the football field when they come to ask the students questions. Is it protocol to write letters of support for those who harm other children?

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Jan-10-13 6:33 PM

Were the accused players suspended from playing football?

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Jan-10-13 3:50 PM

The School Board, Superintendent, Principal, and all of the coaches need to go. If you don't think the state is going to investigate all of this, you are sadly mistaken. I find it funny how one of the defendants just happens to be a foster child of a school official. Is that how you recruit talent in Steubenville to get around the rules? Your town is up there with Penn St. You have to clean house, everyone in charge has to go. THE WORLD IS NOW WATCHING YOUR CORRUPT TOWN, HAVE FUN LIVING UNDER THE MICROSCOPE. Since it involves sports, people won't forget.

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Jan-10-13 3:42 PM

Wow where to begin.HS I am ashamed, this article belongs on news 9, or in the LTE with Joe's ramblings. Where were your programs at the beginning of school when your school had rapists? Where was your concern for the victim? Where is ANTHONY CRAIG'S suspension? What punishment did he REALLY ever receive? National news, a STUDENTS threat and NOW you want to CRY? How about you,RENO & ABDALLA start comparing stories because you say something different every time you open your mouths.

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Jan-10-13 3:04 PM

Mr. McVey wrote letters to the court on behalf of his star athletes suspected rapists, did he not?

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Jan-10-13 2:18 PM

McVey is a fraud. It took national and international shaming before he came out with a statement. There is nothing to indicate that he has done anything but facilitate the Steubanville's rape culture. Rumor has it that the coaches coached the rapists to destroy incriminating evidence. If true, McVey and law enforcement need to say how they dealt with this. If not true, the rumors should be dispelled.

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Jan-10-13 2:08 PM

McVey must backtrack because he has to save his face. School officials only act like they are sympathetic to a victim when it suits them--and this suits McVey because he is now in a media foray. More to the crux of the problem in this is where were the parents of all of these minor children? Why were they permitted to behave in a manner that escalated to this? The parents are just as culpable because of bad parenting. Perhaps the juvenile court should make a blanket order that all parents of children in this school district be ordered into parenting classes and further monitored by the county child services division. I forgot -- that might be too imaginative and may be the provence of a well-known judge in Lake County.

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