Online Petition Calls For Firing Of Steubenville Coach Due To Evidence Presented In Rape Trial

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A Maryland woman has started a campaign to get Steubenville Superintendent Mike McVey to fire head high school Football Coach, Reno Saccoccia.

The petition states that that text messages brought forward in court alleged the coach would take care of things if the rape case went to court.

Seventeen-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond, both football players, were found guilty of the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl.

The author of the petition said evidence from the rape trial shows the coach knew exactly what his players did and helped protect them.

"Well, I believe people need to act on their beliefs and what they feel is the right thing to do," said Ann Bailey who lives near Steubenville in Hancock County W. Va.

In court, one teen testified that he questioned Mays and Richmond about people finding out what happened to the 16-year-old victim.

The texted response read "I got Reno. Nothing's gonna happen if it goes to court."
And then the other texted "I got Reno. He took care of it and (expletive)  ain't gonna happen, even if they did take it to court."
The petition was started less than a week ago, but it already has more than 50,000 signatures.

There’s a show of support for the petition's request, but still some in that community are saying wait for the Ohio Attorney General to take action.

"Go through the system. The system always works, and I think they should let the grand jury handle it and let the officers of the court deal with the situation." said Rayeanne Ballato, also from Handcock County WV

Steubenville Superintendent Mike McVey told a Steubenville television station that no decisions have been made on Saccocia's future.

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