Student drops out of Ohio State after receiving threats

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After receiving multiple threats regarding a video relating to a rape case, an Ohio State student has dropped out of college.

Michael Nodianos, 18, received threats after a video of him surfaced, in which he is shown making inappropriate jokes relating to the Steubenville, Ohio rape incident that occurred on August 22.

The group Knight Sec posted the 12-minute video last week.

OSU tweeted from their official Twitter account on Jan. 7 “Michael Nodianos is no longer a student at The Ohio State University,” according to The Huffington Post.

The alleged rape involved two football players from Steubenville High School and an unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party, according to The Daily Beast.

Ma'lik Richmond and Trenton Mays, both 16-year-old members of the Steubenville High School football team, face sexual assault charges for the alleged rape and will be tried as juveniles, according to The Huffington Post.

According to Nodianos’ attorney, Dennis McNamara, the former OSU student wasn’t present at the time the rape occurred, according to The Daily Beast.

Two hackers associated with the group Anonymous, who go by the names @KYAnonymous and @justbatcat on Twitter, targeted Nodianos and others in the town. They hacked into e-mail accounts and websites of football players and other town locals to gain more information relating to the case, according to The Daily Beast.

Nodianos already received criticism for crude tweets he made the night of the incident, according to The Huffington Post.

Nodianos allegedly regrets his actions, and despite his athletic scholarship at OSU is unsure if he will return to the university, yet hopes to next year, according to The Daily Beast.


Photos courtesy of Knight Sec and the Huffington Post

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