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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-10-13 11:38 AM

You're five months late.

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Jan-10-13 12:05 PM

WOW! more scum.. The key words here are "cooperated with the Steubenville police"

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Jan-10-13 12:28 PM

Wow, No mention of how no disciplinary action was taken to others that were involved.

As far as curriculum, that's great, a little late, just a bandaid; but the real education needs to come from the Moms and especially the Dads of young men, and drive down their throats, and into their ears, and into their brains that assault on women is a crime, its disgusting, it should be punishable, and as parents they will assume the responsibity of their children and will suppoprt them to do the right thing, AND if they make a mistake, support them through the next phase of life of paying the price.

Now coaches, you have their ears every day. YOU are agigantic influence on these people. BE a positive influence. Teach them right from wrong and NEVER allow them to think it is ok to skirt the law.

I am pretty sure if mistakes are made in game situations, intervention takes place; well I know for a fact they are; help these children; men and women.Adults, if you know anything.speak up.its

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Jan-10-13 1:09 PM

"Out hearts go out to the young victim", McVey. Why did it take five months for someone from the school system to say this? Perhaps these few words would have gone a long way in easing some of the tension and resentment people feel for those in authority regarding this terrible crime.

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Jan-10-13 1:13 PM

I am a bit disturbed by this and the fact that 2 of the 3 witnesses incriminated themselves in their testimony to producing or distributing child **** by taking video or pics of the victim. 2 are currently wrestling. Was a statement released on what grounds these two are allowed to wrestle, possibly taking the place of someone that has not committed these awful acts? Parents, are you comfortable with this response from McVey?

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Jan-10-13 1:15 PM

Sorry ALL witnesses incriminated themselves in taking pics or videos of the victim. I hope AG Dewine is correct in stating no immunity was given and they receive a punishment as well. Zero tolerance and across the board suspensions should remain for those involved. Period.

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Jan-10-13 1:22 PM

"By remaining silent, witnesses thwart the work of investigators which may ultimately prevent justice from being served," Why wasn't this is and many other things said months ago by McVey? He was silent too.

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Jan-10-13 1:49 PM

McVey and Bd of Education's delay is abhorrent and unexcuseable as is the fact that those involved as bystanders and vidographers are still allowed to participate in sports. Most appropriate action is to suspend the entire football program for a period of time to (1) sort things out, and (2) show the students, the town, and the U.S. what is REALLY important in the life of a child.....EDUCATION!

Query if the school board is also looking into allegations of favoritism to athletes such as not testing with the student body but with special sessions, special treatment, etc. MCVEY AND HIS STAFF NEED TO MAN UP AND CLEAN HOUSE....HE IS THE HEAD ADMINISTRATOR AND RESPONSIBILITY FALLS DIRECTLY IN HIS LAP. Unfortunately, the real responsibility "come-uppance" will occur when all school board personnel involved with their alleged negligence will arrive when the $$$ civil lawsuits start flying. Time to open the wallet Steubenville School System!

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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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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 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 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 3:50 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 6:33 PM

Were the accused players suspended from playing football?

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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 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 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 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 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 11:49 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-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-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 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 1:53 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 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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