Story Archive

Don’t Sweat the Huge Stuff

“Ma’Lik Richmond has done everything the court has asked of him since he’s been sentenced,” says Jefferson County, Ohio, Chief Probation Officer Fred Abdalla Jr., defending his position that “the boy should be allowed to play.” Coach Reno Saccoccia says Richmond complied with all the school system’s requests too. And according to Interim Superintendent Melinda Young, students convicted of felonies are banned from varsity sports for a calendar year — but that year has passed for Richmond, who spent much of it in juvie. He was sent there after being found delinquent on a charge of rape; the evidence included detailed text messages and cell-phone photographs of the victim. And now Richmond is back on the Big Red football team in Steubenville, Ohio. (AC/WTRF Wheeling, WTTE Columbus, New York Times) ...Lesson to his teammates: You, too, can commit rape and get back on the team.
Original Publication Date: 17 August 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

Is There a Problem on This Page? Let Me Know using the Help button lower right, and thanks.

I believe humanity is held back by the lack of thinking. I provoke thought with examples of what happens when we don’t think, and when we do. This is True is my primary method: stories like this come out every week by email, and basic subscriptions are free. Click here for a subscribe form.

Search for: