Posted on | November 26, 2013 | 34 Comments
Four school employees, including the superintendent and an assistant football coach, were indicted by a grand jury investigating a possible coverup in the Steubenville rape case. . . .
Superintendent Michael McVey, 50, was charged with tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the incident at the center of the case: the sexual assault of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two high school football players after a booze-fueled party in August 2012.
An assistant coach, Matthew Belardine, 26, was charged with allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business and making a false statement.
Two school employees, strength coach Seth Fluharty, 26, and elementary-school principal Lynnett Gorman, 40, were charged with failure to report child abuse.
Think back to when you were in school. Can you even imagine the school superintendent being indicted for obstruction of justice?
When I was a sophomore in high school, the President of the United States resigned in disgrace, but the school superintendent? This beloved figure, Dr. Robert S. Alexander, was a pillar of the community, a paragon of integrity. They later named a high school after him:
To think about Dr. Alexander (who gave me more than one paddling when he was principal of Turner Middle School) and what he meant to our community, my mind boggles at what a horrifying thing it must be for parents in Steubenville to try to uphold standards, when their school superintendent is charged with this crime.