Those kids from Steubenville are completely innocent.—
Mike Cichra (@HellaTatts) March 17, 2013
Two high school football players — Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond — were convicted today in a Steubenville, Ohio, rape case that garnered worldwide attention.
Most Twitter users applauded the verdicts, but not all:
Mfs done told me the lil bitch that got ma cuzin locked up be fuckin suckin an swallowin shit thot opp bop ass lil bitch—
LIL_JAY_GOT_MOEBAN$$ (@_Juwan12) March 17, 2013
I feel sorry for everyone involved in the Steubenville case, even the boys, I guess I'm one of the few who believes in mistakes/ forgiveness—
Buffalo Soldier (@SipofMarcMerlot) March 17, 2013
I feel so sorry for those 16 year old boys found guilty in Steubenville. I really do, idc what nobody else thinks, that was SAD. 😢—
JasaMae B. (@iCantStandJasaB) March 17, 2013
Some Tweeters who posted support for the rapists subsequently protected their Twitter accounts. We were able to obtain these screenshots:
A few tweeters assigned blame to the rape victim, who was drunk when the rape occurred.
Those kids didnt rape that girl.the stupid drunk slut got everything she deserved.Her reputation got fucked up so she took it to the courts—
Tyler (@Big_May717) March 17, 2013
Verdicts can be appealed. I am hopeful/confident that will happen in Steubenville. IMHO, the girl should be the one held accountable.—
Michael Crook (@Michael_Crook) March 17, 2013
Is Steubenville rape victim sorry for being drunk off her ass?Is that someone else's fault too?Take SOME responsibility for your poor choice—
(@truthwatcher) March 17, 2013
One Twitter user went so far as to argue that under the circumstances “most people” would have done what the rapists did.
Steubenville : Guilty. I feel bad for the two young guys, Mays and Richmond, they did what most people in their situation would have done.—
Josiah (@zJosiah) March 17, 2013
We at Twitchy feel sorry, too. For the rape victim.
As for the rapists, they got what they deserved.