Part of why I've been away is that I've been kind of depressed by things in my so-called life as well as the headlines that land in my e-mailbox. The world can be a crazy and awful place -- and I'm not just talking. about politics.
I always hate the truly gory side of the news and ignore it if I can but when it comes to Ohio (yeah, boring old Ohio), and involves kids, it upsets me greatly. The Steubenville rape case has been all over the news (and viral on the Internet) and since it happened here in Ohio, I can't help but write about it.
The New York Times and The Daily Kos' coverage has been excellent and you can see it here and here. That such a thing has happened hurts me straight to the bone. I've always said that football is a religion in Ohio and this is its dark side. Needless to say it has a LOT of folks scurrying for cover right now as well as they should. That this was probably the most heinous act I've heard about in my life and that it was viral on the so-called social media appalls me.
If I were a parent of any child who was present, I'd be yanking their iPhone/computer so fast they wouldn't know what hit them but parents don't seem to do that sort of thing these days.
I also want to know what kind of parents allow their teenager to have an unchaperoned party. Heck!! My college age kids asked called us in Florida if they could have a couple friends over. (We said yes but not the cops.) The only reason they didn't go with us is because they had summer jobs to help pay for college.
My kids were both athletes in high school. At the beginning of each year they were required to attend a meeting (with a parent) to go over the Athletic Code of Conduct and sign it. Our district took the behavior of their students (who represent it) seriously as did we and the parents of their friends. And we were pleased that our schools were as concerned as we were. They also were assured us that they were on firm legal ground in requiring this which begs the question if Steubenville High School also had such a policy -- and if not, why not?
There's a lot of blame to go around here and I hope that justice is served in Steubenville but I wouldn't bet the ranch on it.