2 Girls Threatened Steubenville Victim: Cops
Teens charged with posting threats online
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
Trent Mays, 17, left, and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond sit in court before the start of the third day of their trial on rape charges in juvenile court on Friday, March 15, 2013 in Steubenville, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool)

(Newser) – Police have arrested two 16-year-old girls for allegedly posting social media death threats against the victim of the Steubenville rape case, WTOC reports. The threats were made on Facebook and Twitter, the AP reports; CBS News quotes one of them as reading, "you ripped my family apart, you made my cousin cry, so when I see you xxxxx, it’s gone be a homicide." Police say they've linked one of the girls to one of the convicted rapists, Ma'Lik Richmond. The girls are being held in a juvenile facility and face charges of aggravated menacing. (A grand jury probe may lead to other arrests in the rape case.)

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Mar 19, 2013 2:57 PM CDT
Honestly I didn't even know this case was happening since the news has turned into a malarkey during the election and only intensified after the Sandy Hook massacre... I can easily see this case losing any influence on the people, on college campuses the newspapers tell us a lot but even rates of sexual assault and the occasional death gets brushed under the rug.
Mar 19, 2013 2:45 PM CDT
It's sick that the family members and friends of the accused rapists feel victimized by the accuser. They should feel more terrible about their own putting them through this. But teenagers rarely know the best place to put their anger and frustration. Glad they are going to be punished for being idiot bullies though.
Mar 19, 2013 10:48 AM CDT
Good. That's a good start. This story needs intensive media coverage and hopefully, it will get the attention of a lot of parents who will use it to teach their kids what right and wrong is when using social media. Hopefully, if the Judge throws the book at these kids, maybe the lesson will stick.