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District in Rape Case Adds Armed Guards

By Bryan Toporek — January 15, 2013 1 min read

An Ohio district added unarmed security guards to all schools last week as a national uproar over a case of alleged rape involving two high school football players continued to mount.

On Aug. 22, two 16-year-old football players from Steubenville High School were arrested and later charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. After the alleged rape on Aug. 11, evidence began to pop up on students’ social-networking accounts linking the two student-athletes to the assault, as noted by The New York Times in December.

The suspects are set to stand trial on Feb. 13. They’re both currently under house arrest and are attending an alternative school inside the county justice center, according to the Associated Press.

The district received an unspecified “false threat” of violence Jan. 8, causing all schools to go on lockdown, according to a statement on the district’s website. The police determined “the threat was not a viable threat,” and the lockdown ended.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 16, 2013 edition of Education Week as District in Rape Case Adds Armed Guards

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