Gus Garcia-Roberts' article "Waiting for the Ax
" is a joke! He paints a picture of Massillon that isn't true ... which is the case with most of the media when it comes to issues of this nature. I am not saying that Massillon does not have some of the problems that are discussed in this article, but there are some great things going on here as well...
Who does he talk to in this article? A truant teenager (which happens in every community), a vet drinking at a bar (ditto), the superintendent of the schools, the head coach, and a bartender.
The only two that I would qualify as worthwhile sources are Mr. Blosser and Coach Stacy, both of whom are absolutely correct in saying that they had no comment on the case because it does not involve the school. All of these incidents have allegedly happened away from school.
Are you going to base your assessment that: "When charges are announced, prosecutors should expect an uproar in Massillon, especially since many residents loudly insist that no crime was committed," on your interviews with a truant teenager, a drunken veteran, and a bartender?
Why didn't the writer address the fact that the parents are the ones failing here. Mr. Rashid was correct in the fact that many teenage children are not going to make a rational decision. Therefore, it is the parents responsibility to be involved in knowing what their children are doing and where they are at! This is not just a problem in Massillon. These things are happening in towns all across the country.
I have to tell you that your article is a horrible misrepresentation of our town. You have to be a better journalist, because this was a horribly written and researched article. Cleveland Scene is on the same level as the Inquirer-type publications by printing an article as poorly researched as this.