To the editor:
First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and her family involved in this controversial rape case.
I am a 2008 graduate of Steubenville High School, and the news of these events has led me to be very opinionated and I am finding it difficult to keep it to myself. Before these events occurred and were made public, I "walked tall," to and from classes at Akron University. I had my Steubenville Big Red T-shirt, hat, etc., and people asked me "The Steubenville Big Red" and proudly I answered, "Yes."
Walking tall is a tradition that my friends and I have earned the right to do until the day we die. However, in light of recent events, I am no longer walking tall. The reason is not because I am not proud of where I came from or what I accomplished, it is because choices that a few have made now bring a dark cloud over my tradition that my friends and I built together. For now, my T-shirts are pushed to the back of the closet and, hopefully, one day when all this has passed, people will once again see me walking tall.
My final comment is for all student-athletes, not just at Steubenville Big Red but everywhere, no matter the situation or who is right and wrong, to represent first, your family, second, yourself and third, your school. When making choices, think of how it will reflect on those three categories in that order. Yes, sometimes it is unfair to hear, but you represent your school in the good and the bad and it affects even past members, such as myself. You are held to a higher public standard, even as a young teenager, but you are not the first to be held to a standard so high and will not be the last.
Finally, it takes a lifetime to build an empire and one bad choice for it to crumble.
Brandyn L. Frey