• Petitioned SCSD 740-283-3767 Mike McVey, Super. P. O. Box 189, Steubenville, OH 43952

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SCSD 740-283-3767 Mike McVey, Super. P. O. Box 189, Steubenville, OH 43952

REVOKE TEACHER CERTIFICATION OF Saccoccia PERMANENTLY.

    1. Margaret Tivis
    2. Petition by

      Margaret Tivis

      Enid, OK

Violence against women often goes unpunished and even unreported. This particular case of violence was against a young girl, only a few years older than a mere child. This young girl was raped, filmed during the rape, and the rape video show to this coach Reno Saccoccia. Despite seeing the video of the rape, the coach did nothing and continued to allow the rapists to play on the team. He should lose his career, his reputation, and his standing in the community. It is an outrage that the school district has not fired him already. The rapists have been convicted. Now it is time for the coach to pay his dues.

REVOKE TEACHER CERTIFICATION OF Saccoccia PERMANENTLY. FIRE him from his job. See that he is CRIMINALLY PROSECUTED AS A SEX OFFENDER or pedofile (if possible) for watching video of young girl being raped. DEMAND that other coaches in the coaching association repudiate him publicly. Demand dismissal from any professional associations to which he may belong.

Steubenville City School District, 740-283-3767 Mike McVey, Superintendent, 1400 West Adams Street, P. O. Box 189, Steubenville, OH 43952
** Trigger warning: The below petition is about a sexual assault. **

The tragedy of a sixteen year old girl who was raped by two football players at Steubenville High horrified America. But to their Coach Reno Saccoccia, the tragedy is not that a teenage girl was raped, but that two of his star players will be jailed for violating her.

You see, evidence from the rape trial shows that for months before the story broke, Saccoccia likely knew exactly what his players did and helped protect them. Here's what we know:

- A text message from Trent Mays, one of the boys who raped Jane Doe, indicates that Saccoccia had seen a video of the rape.
- Text messages from the other boy, Malik Richmond, indicate that Saccoccia used his influence in the town to keep them out of trouble. The messages read:
- "Nah, IDGAF [I don't give a f***] I got Reno. Nothing’s gonna happen if it goes to court."
- "I got Reno. He took care of it and s*** ain't gonna happen, even if they did take it to court."

No players known to have participated in the rape in any way -- sharing the photos and videos, keeping it from authorities, being at the scene without reporting the rape -- were ever punished by Saccoccia or his staff. Even after the boys were arrested and charged with rape, Saccoccia kept his players on the team for eight more games. Saccoccia even threatened a female reporter with violence, telling her, "You're gonna get yours. And if you don't get yours, somebody close to you will."

Coaches have a responsibility to train the boys in their care to be responsible men. But instead of teaching that rape was wrong, Saccoccia taught that the only thing that matters is to not get caught.

It’s the job of the adults in a school to defend the dignity and safety of all its students. In prioritizing a winning football season over a raped girl, Saccoccia failed to do this. He may now face charges of failing to report a rape. But whether or not he’s ever charged, it’s clear what the Steubenville School District needs to do - they must immediately fire Coach Reno Saccoccia.

To:
Mike McVey, Superintendent, Steubenville Schools
Shawn Crosier, Steubenville High School Principal
Fred Heatherington, Steubenville High Athletics Director
The tragedy of a sixteen year old girl who was raped by two football players at Steubenville High horrified America. But to their Coach Reno Saccoccia, the tragedy is not that a teenage girl was raped, but that two of his star players will be jailed for violating her.

You see, evidence from the rape trial shows that for months before the story broke, Saccoccia knew exactly what his players did and helped protect them. Here's what we know:

- A text message from Trent Mays, one of the boys who raped Jane Doe, indicates that Saccoccia had seen a video of the rape.
- Text messages from the other boy, Malik Richmond, indicate that Saccoccia used his influence in the town to keep them out of trouble. The messages read:
- "Nah, IDGAF [I don't give a f***] I got Reno. Nothing’s gonna happen if it goes to court."
- "I got Reno. He took care of it and s*** ain't gonna happen, even if they did take it to court."
- No players known to have participated in the rape in any way -- sharing the photos and videos, keeping it from authorities, being at the scene without reporting the rape -- were ever punished by Saccoccia or his staff.
- Even after the boys were arrested and charged with rape, Saccoccia kept his players on the team for eight more games.
- Saccoccia threatened a female reporter with violence, telling her, "You're gonna get yours. And if you don't get yours, somebody close to you will."

Coaches have a responsibility to train the boys in their care to be responsible men. But instead of teaching that rape was wrong, Saccoccia taught that the only thing that matters is to not get caught.

It’s the job of the adults in a school to defend the dignity and safety of all its students. In prioritizing a winning football season over a raped girl, Saccoccia failed to do this. He may now face charges of failing to report a rape. But whether or not he’s ever charged, it’s clear what the Steubenville School District needs to do - they must immediately fire Coach Reno Saccoccia.
Sincerely,
[Your name]

To:
SCSD 740-283-3767 Mike McVey, Super. P. O. Box 189, Steubenville, OH 43952
REVOKE TEACHER CERTIFICATION OF Saccoccia PERMANENTLY.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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