Instead of teaching teenagers that rape is just plain wrong, a program in West Virginia will teach them how to be careful when instagramming or tweeting.
Because if you don’t Instagram it…it probably didn’t happen.
That’s just us being sarcastic, but the program, inspired by the Steubenville case in Ohio where two teen football players raped a 16-year-old girl, is very real.
According to the Daily Mail:
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld called the combination of alcohol, smartphones and social media “extremely volatile” in introducing a program Thursday that will be rolled out this month at 11 high schools.
The rape case “definitely played a role in causing us to think, ‘Who do we need to focus upon?’ ” Ihlenfeld told The Associated Press. “We thought, ‘Let’s start calling athletic directors and coaches to see if they’re interested.’ That investment of time hopefully will pay dividends down the road, not only because you hope the kids are going to stay out of trouble. Social media creates so many distractions off the field for coaches. Maybe we can help them avoid that situation as well.”
Well, shouldn’t we be focused on rape and violence against women as well?
The program was unveiled in Wheeling, which is 26 miles south of Steubenville. It comes on the heels of a drug education program started by Ihlenfeld’s office last year called “Project Future.” The latest program, dubbed “Project Future Two-a-Days,” includes 15 minutes focusing on drugs and alcohol and 15 minutes on social media.
“We bring the perspective of ‘OK, if you do this, this is what can happen. We don’t want to see you in court,’ ” Ihlenfeld said.
Oh, that’s right. Rape is fine. But drinking while tweeting…well that’s what’s going to land you in jail.
Priorities, America. Priorities.
SOURCE: Daily Mail