“Why Didn’t Anybody Do Anything???” in the Steubenville, Ohio, Town Where High School Students Allegedly Gang-Raped an Unconscious 16-Year-Old

“Why didn’t anybody do anything???” I will tell you why…nobody taught those teens what to do!

Why didn’t anybody do anything???”

This is the comment I keep hearing people say of the bystanders who watched, took pictures and videotaped football players gang rape a teenage girl.  I will tell you why…nobody taught those teens what to do!

If you want to be good at something, you need to practice it

If you want your kids to be good at something, first you have to teach them, and then provide a time and a place to practice.  Doesn’t that hold true for most everything?  What about sports?  How about basketball? 

Let’s look at “how” to teach a child to play basketball.  First you need a coach to teach your children the fundamentals of the game.  A coach is someone who has a lot of expertise and experience with the sport.  They know the rules of the game.  Once the coach has taught the children the skills, they practice at home in their driveway or at the park.  Typically, a parent or mentor will work one on one with a child to learn and perfect the fundamentals.  Once they have a handle on the skills, children attend basketball practice.  This allows each player to practice (or role play) the fundamentals of the game with an “expert”, someone who has a lot of experience with various basketball scenarios.  Basketball practice allows the players to interact with other players.   The coach has them work on strategies of how and when to use the skills they have learned.  In my community, I see adults who are constantly working with and supporting these children in their quest to be good at basketball.  Finally, we test these players in the form of a game against another team.  A game is essentially the platform the coach uses to measure how each players has understood the skills of the game, what to do in various possible scenarios, as well as their ability to work with others.  The game gives the coach the opportunity to understand what each player, as well as the team as a whole needs to work on.

How often have the students in the Steubenville, Ohio school district been taught or practiced what to do when the see bullying or cyber bullying?

Why would good character or knowing what to do in a scary situation be any different? Adults can’t always predict what will happen and situations kids will encounter.  But, we can teach kids the specifics of what it takes to have good character or what to do when someone is in trouble.  What was the commitment of the school and the community to teach their kids about bullying, cyber bullying and character?

Who is experienced enough to teach about cyber bullying and good character in the 21st century?

In the 21st Century, almost every high schooler and middle schooler has a cell phone.  Cell phones have picture taking capabilities, as well as built in videotaping technology. Generation Text Online teaches kids how this can be extremely dangerous and the consequences of posting these pictures and videos on a web site such as YouTube or Facebook.

Generation Text Online guides your students in role play, using real life examples. Our programs are based on solutions-ways to stop cyber bullying. Our focus is not just the single bystander… but a group of bystanders. We empower kids to do the right thing by teaching them the fundamentals of right and wrong in the 21st century, we allow them to interact with us and provide ongoing Core Curriculum lesson plans so they can practice.  We challenge them to take back their school and be proud of whom they are.

Are you a school administrator in Ohio?

You have the opportunity to protect your school from a tragedy like this.  You have the power to bring in a program that works with your student body to help them know what to do in a situation where they know there is something wrong.  You have the power to role play with your kids what to do when they are scared.  You have to power to teach Core Curriculum lesson plans that use real life examples and situations.  For more information regarding 21st Century Student lessons plans, email Jill.Brown@GenerationTextOnline.com or call 781-820-6629.–

Jill Brown

Generation Text Online


A place for kids to connect in a safe place…www.ItsMyLocker.com

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Murphy-Solon January 16, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Excellent info Timothy D. That is why I say Jill Brown's blog about programs that teach children right from wrong, well intended as she might be, falls woefully short in addressing the real problem in our society. The adults have endorsed this type of behavior by their actions.
James Murphy January 17, 2013 at 08:04 PM
they should just put them in a timeout and then give them a hug, then they will but on the right path from that point on
Ed Fisher January 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM
When I was about 10 or 11, playing at a new house construction site, I threw a dirt clod and hit a neighbor girl just below her eye. Made a cut and bled. She went running home crying. My Pop marched my sorry behind to her house, where I apologized to her and her parents, ( so did he ) then made me do chores for her Mom and Dad for the next 2 weeks ( a lifetime to a kid ). Good, solid parenting. Taking responsibility for ones actions. My Dad never beat me. He taught me. There's not enough parents teaching their kids what's right.
tom m January 18, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Well Ed that was good parenting skills at work .......today they just call their lawyers or get out their checkbook
Phyllis Stager February 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Very well said, Murphy! Kudos!


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