A letter in response to "Waiting for the Ax," January 30:
This article is complete sensationalism at its worst and does not reflect the opinions of all or even most of the residents of Massillon.
I have children in the city school system who are or have been student athletes. Yes, Massillon is a football town, but to insinuate that we would care more about a sport than the welfare of our children is absurd. The fact that a few of the boys involved in this may have been football players is a very small part of this story, but it is the part that many choose to focus on because it makes a better story...
The majority of our student athletes are fine, young, upstanding citizens and will go on to lead very successful lives. Those that are choosing the wrong path deserve what they get.
No matter how wild or unruly these young girls may be, they are still victims. The law says that children this young are not capable of making a decision when it comes to consensual sex. It does not take their character into consideration. It is rape, nothing less. These girls, and probably the boys also, need professional help. Hopefully, all that are involved will accept responsibility and do what they need to do to get their lives back on track.
Massillon is an easy target because of our history and tradition, but most of our citizens are as outraged as anyone else would be. A large part of this article is based on conjecture, not facts. The ignorant comments made by Massillon residents are obviously some of the most moronic of our city. Do not judge an entire community by the barbaric, insensitive opinions of a few.
A Massillon Mom