According to newly surfaced video of police interviews with students who attended one of the fateful parties last August in Steubenville, Ohio, several teen witnesses had trouble coming to grips with what was unfolding in front of them, even as they came to understand that they should have stopped what would unravel into the most emotionally charged rape case in the country.
Footage of the interviews was leaked to ABC News for a report that aired this weekend. In it, we hear the original statements made to police from some of the other kids who were at one of several parties where a 16-year-old girl was assaulted by Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, two players on the Steubenville High football team.
The police footage show teenagers who watched a horrible event unfold in front of their eyes but did nothing to stop it. Instead, most of them pulled out their cell phones and took pictures or sent text messages about it. "I could tell that she was gradually getting more drunk and worse throughout the night," Farrah Marcino, a 16-year-old friend of the victim identified by ABC's 20/20, says in the video. "Just, like, that she couldn't, like, she didn’t walk."