Ohio District in Football Rape Case Adds Guards to Schools
An Ohio district added unarmed security guards to all schools starting Tuesday as national uproar over an alleged rape case involving two high school football players continued to mount.
A brief primer: Back on Aug. 22, two 16-year-old football players from Steubenville High School, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, were arrested and later charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. After the alleged rape on the night of Aug. 11, evidence began to pop up on students' social-networking accounts linking Mays and Richmond to the assault, as noted by The New York Times in December.
The situation only escalated from there. On Dec. 23, a hacktivist group called "Knight Sec," which claims to be associated with the famed Anonymous group, posted a video demanding that everyone involved in the alleged incident come forward by New Year's Day and issue a public apology to the victim and her family. (A self-described "extremely high-level actor within the Anonymous collective" gave an interview to the Huffington Post on Jan. 8 regarding the group's ongoing involvement with the Steubenville case.)
On Jan. 1, the group posted a set of documents called "The Steubenville Files," including a 12-minute video from the night of the alleged incident in which a former Steubenville student jokes about the accuser.
"She's deader than Obi-Wan Kenobi after Darth Vader cut his head off," said the student, Michael Nodianos, who tweeted throughout the night of the alleged incident . Later in the video, Nodianos said, "They raped her more than the Duke lacrosse team."
Nodianos has been questioned by investigators in relation to the alleged incident but isn't the subject of an investigation, his lawyer told reporters on Monday, according to CNN.
Mays and Richmond, the two players who were arrested, are set to stand trial on Feb. 13. They're both currently under house arrest and are attending an alternative school inside the county justice center, according to the Associated Press.
The district received a possible threat early Tuesday morning, causing all schools to go on lockdown, according to a statement on the district's website. According to a police report cited by the AP, a student reported seeing a Facebook post that directed people not charged in the rape case to "come to a certain location, or 'I am going to start killing people.' "
Roughly an hour and a half after being notified of the threat, the police alerted the school that "the threat was not a viable threat," and the lockdown ended.
Mike McVey, the superintendent of the Steubenville schools, told the AP that the district decided to add unarmed guards to all school buildings this past Monday, a day before the police reported the possible threat. He said the guards will remain until further notice, in an attempt "to improve the safety of our students."
Photos (from top): Jefferson County sheriff's deputies stand nearby during a protest at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, on Saturday. Authorities investigating rape accusations against two high school football players there launched a website Saturday as interest in the case balloons, an extraordinary step designed to combat the misperception "that the football team runs the city," the city manager said. (Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer/AP)
Activists from the groups KnightSec and Anonymous protest at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, on Saturday. Members of the group said they are outraged over what they contend is a cover-up in a case involving the alleged rape of a teenage girl by Steubenville High School student-athletes that reportedly occurred in 2012. (Michael D. McElwain/Steubenville Herald-Star/AP)
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