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Inappropriate Topic Trending on Twitter about School Rivalry

A trending topic on Twitter right now is "#rapestow."

It seems as if the rivalry for has gotten a little out of hand. The hashtag "#rapestow" is a trending topic on Twitter right now

According to several tweets with the hashtag, Cuyahoga Falls High School Principal Anne Alfano made an announcement at telling students to stop using the hashtag.

Not all of the students are listening, as the hashtag was the No. 3 top trending topic in this area Tuesday. 

See several Tweets with the hashtag in the photo section of this post. 

Stow Patch and Cuyahoga Falls Patch have asked for comment from the school districts. Check back for more information. 

Updated at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 25:

Stow-Munroe Falls High School Principal Susan Schur said on Twitter:

"Stow will maintain a healthy approach to CF rivals and not use social media in disrespectful ways. Bulldog Pride always wins!"

Annie Anon October 25, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Someday these kids will grow up and realize how inappropriate this is. And, God forbid, that any of these kids end up being the victim of rape, as so many people are. Once they go to college and see that between 15 and 30 % of college kids are a victim of some sort of rape in their lives: http://www.k-state.edu/counseling/student/date_rape_drugs.htm
Ashley Workman October 25, 2011 at 10:19 PM
It concerns me that these kids see absolutely nothing wrong with what they are saying. They are making light of sexual assault, and comparing it to winning a football game. How offensive! They think it's some sort of funny game, and that they get some "cool" points for continuing it. Hopefully Twitter will take it down if enough people email them about it.
Ashley Workman October 26, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Just because we were just as "stupid" when we were growing up doesn't mean that we can't educate our children to show less ignorance.
LyssLovee October 26, 2011 at 01:50 AM
So stupid there's more important things in the world then twitter!! Everybody grow up!! There's a war going on and our people are dying and your complaining about highschool kids saying stupid things about a football team rivory !!!! Atleast there not cussing. Bunch of idiots
Regina Marie Galizio October 26, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Sorry I have to say this... Most of you guys replying to this topic are OLDER! You were once a teenager and it really shouldn't matter what is said. The patch just needed a story for today and this was it. Its not a big deal and you all have decided to make it a big deal. you were in Highschool once.
Ashley Workman October 26, 2011 at 03:38 AM
I'm 23, far from being considered "old" or "older". It SHOULD matter what is said, because there are better ways to convey your excitement for a game or rivalry than using offensive language. Making light of such a serious situation and claiming that it is "no big deal" is extremely disrespectful to those individuals whose lives have been destroyed by rape/ sexual assault. I truly hope that none of these kids ever have to go through something like that. Maybe then they would not find it so funny.
Ed Kent October 26, 2011 at 04:38 AM
I know someone who was raped and the very word is a nightmare to them. Let's not excuse children, but teach them a better way to communicate.
Katherine October 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM
I am 18 years old, since we are all complaining about age being a factor on here, which is childish in itself. I am a recent Cuyahoga Falls alumnus and I find this behavior completely disgusting. Being one of the former Falls "superfans," I am insulted by the fact that this HEALTHY school rivalry has turned into something that is completely distorted and disrespectful. Using ugly comments and the hashtag "rapestow" is akin to CYBER BULLYING. Or have we all forgotten this? I hate to be the barer of bad news for Stow High's principal, however, your kids are not blameless here. They HAVE used the social media in disrespectful ways. I have heard that Falls has been slammed by Stow kids on Twitter as well, with some kids going as far to say that the seniors this year will go no where in life. I cannot believe our generation has stooped so low as to use social media in this way just to get a quick hit on the other person with little chance of repercussions.
Sarah October 26, 2011 at 12:12 PM
What's really sad is our own community leaders have used this term on their facebook pages in regards to one team "raping" another team - our own Cuyahoga Falls South Little League President. So who is teaching our children what the repeat?
Ed Kent October 26, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Excellent post Katherine!
Heather N. Peters October 26, 2011 at 01:12 PM
What is most sad is that the majority of the people reading this think that Cuyahoga Falls students are being far disrespectful and that Stow students would never do such a thing. Get real Mrs. Schur. Stow students are just as capable of doing such a thing as Falls. Words like "rape" are tossed around very freely these days and it is wrong, but this does not make Stow the better school- surely there are similar tags from Stow students about things that misuse offensive terms as well. It is a generational and societal issue, not a Cuyahoga Falls issue.
Heather N. Peters October 26, 2011 at 01:14 PM
I feel similarly. Stow is not blameless and our principal is pretty blind for thinking that she can make Stow students stay above this. Just as much wrong has been done by Stow students in different ways I'm sure.
Heather N. Peters October 26, 2011 at 01:14 PM
I second that and know someone the same.
Tami Carlisle October 26, 2011 at 05:16 PM
I agree, Jeanne, maybe our students can just skip that game. I have heard from other parents that this rivalry is often heated and has led to fist fights. I do not know that firsthand; but I see no reason to take the chance.
Amanda Harnocz October 26, 2011 at 09:21 PM
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Emilee Baldwin October 28, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Very well said Katherine! This is absolutely ridiculous. Whoever started or participated in this hastag should be ashamed. Cuyahoga Falls is not the only one to act inappropriately in this rivalry. Last football season the night before our CF YOUTH football team was scheduled to play Stow, the Stow YOUTH kids, parents and coaches participated in a bonfire. Not just any bonfire, they burned our old CF jerseys in the fire and hung stuffed tigers from trees by their necks. What is that teaching kids? Is that healthy Bull Dog Pride? It is a game and both sides need to grow up!

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