Following the arrests of two Torrington High School football players in the sexual assault of two 13-year-old girls, the newspaper in the Connecticut town turned to social media to see if there was any chatter about the case.
It discovered Tweets defending the accused, Joan Toribio and Edgar Gonzalez, and not the victims.
"We started seeing the tweets, that's where kind of our jaws dropped, that this would be out there in public and that the kids would be so cruel to each other," said Matt DeRienzo, top editor of The Register Citizen of Torrington.
So the newspaper put some of the tweets on Page One, setting off an uproar over the commentaries.
"When the honor roll kids' tweet—calling a 13-year-old rape victim a whore—is on the front page of the newspaper, you can't really walk away from that," said DeRienzo.
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