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It will take time to change attitudes

March 19, 2013

The weight of the Steubenville juvenile rape trial rests on three young lives that were irrevocably changed in a night of out-of-control teen partying last August....

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Mar-19-13 11:56 PM

Mr Gallabrese, Thank you for the editorial re: the Steubenville "situation" that has gained international attention. It's been a long time coming, but appreciated. You did a decent, fair job in covering it well. Especially appreciate you noting not only the frightening irrespsonsibility on part of the kids who did nothing and the parents who were "where??" while these alcohol/drug fuel parties have been going on. Realizing teenagers aren't reading any news, let us hope and pray that parents will pay more attention to their children's activities other than just showing up at every athletic event they may be involved in. If the generations of the self absorbed, self indulgent, I want what I want when I want it folks ages 3-43 ( My own observation) do not wake up soon to see that they are not not the center of the Universe, we are truely lost, not only in this community, the entire country and western civilization. Again, thank you and God bless you for addressing thi

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Mar-21-13 9:09 AM

"The reality is that the mistakes of youth no longer allow for parents giving children enough room to make a mistake or two before reeling them back in."

I see the word "mistake" used over and over for what should be called a crime. The rapists did not make mistakes. They intentionally committed crimes against Jane Doe. The girls who threatened the victim on the internet did not make mistakes. They intentionally wrote harmful messages to scare her. The teens and the coach who witnessed or were told about the crimes did not make mistakes. They intentionally kept quiet because they didn't want to be involved or were more interested in football scores than in justice.

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Mar-23-13 2:02 PM

Lawyers looking for loopholes in a case such as this are part of the problem. They should look the boys straight in the eye and say the evidence is too overwhelming and BTW why did you boys feel a need to rape the young woman?

Rape is rape no matter what. The young men know right from wrong and they know what they did was wrong.

These young men should be man enough to accept responsibility for their actions instead of parents trying to buy out the system. The young men will learn one thing from the buyout process..... "no matter what I do Mother and Father will cover for me no matter the expense" .

When did they learn not to give a damn?

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Mar-26-13 11:27 AM

I am a 73 year from Steubenville and these parties have been going on since I was a kid.When and if one graduated he or she had many drinking parties to attend and to the best of my knowledge no one got RAPED.Sorry Steubenville you got along hard road ahead.

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