There is no doubt that Social Media played an important role in the Steubenville Rape Case. In fact, the prosecution would have had a significantly weaker case had it not been for the several tweets, videos, and pictures exchanged among students regarding the events that occurred. It is disgraceful that young students would commit such a horrific act, and then brag about it through social networking sites. It is even more troublesome, that the numerous students who viewed these tweets, pictures, and video did not report the incident. Many would hope that young students would learn from this incident and the implications Social Networking Sites may have if used irresponsibly. However, that is not that case for two teenage girls who used Social Media to threaten the young victim in the Steubenville Rape Case following the verdict. A 16-year-old girl is charged with aggravated menacing after using Twitter to threaten the life of the victim, and a 15-year-old girl is charged with one count of menacing after making a threat on Facebook.
What will it take for young students to realize that their actions on Social Media sites have real life consequences?