To the editor:
It is my understanding that Steubenville High School, my alma mater, could be put in the position of deciding whether to allow Ma'lik Richmond, the convicted rapist who just spent 10 months in jail, to participate in sports, especially track and football. As of this writing, Richmond has not petitioned the school for reinstatement in sports, so the school administration has not had the opportunity to make a decision. But if and when that day comes, I urge the school to deny him the opportunity to participate.
I would like to offer my opinion, which I am sure is accepted by many people in our community. Allowing Richmond to participate in Big Red sports is a travesty that must not happen. By becoming a convicted rapist, he has forfeited these opportunities. Steubenville schools owe him one thing and one thing only - the opportunity to get a diploma. Extra-curricular activities are not a right, they are a privilege. He is a convicted criminal and he should not have the chance to share his venom with the other boys on these teams. For that matter, I would not be the least bit surprised if some of the football teams Big Red has already scheduled would drop us because they have grave moral problems in allowing their kids to play on the same field with a rapist. From everything I've read online, Richmond has shown little remorse and instead sees himself as a victim. What an attitude for to take. He only spent about 10 months in a soft juvenile detention facility. He should have spent 10 years in a real prison. In my opinion, he has not served his debt to society nor to the rape victim and he never will.
I usually believe in giving someone a second chance if the situation calls for it. Richmond should get his second chance, but only after he leaves high school. Until then, he should be put in a corner and told to stay there.
Richmond and his partner in crime, Trent Mays, have done more harm to Steubenville than anyone in history. Because of them, Brad Pitt apparently is going to produce a movie about Steubenville and the rape case. This will blow the top off of the town. To make matters even worse, the girl known as Jane Doe has reportedly contacted Pitt and asked to be a consultant. I guess if you're going to get raped, you might as well make some money off of it.
I sincerely love my town and my school and I want the very best for them. But the way the clowns in this town have run things nauseates me. You have not heard the last of me.
R. Scott Carlton
Big Red Class of 1966