High School Wall still bears Brock Turner’s Name

Is Brock Turner still considered a champion in his hometown high school?

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department/Splash
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department/Splash

While USA Swimming, the national governing body of competitive swimming, has banned the convicted rapist for life, a photo exclusively obtained by In Touch magazine reveals that his hometown high school, Oakwood High, in Dayton, Ohio, has yet to remove his name from the swim team’s record board that hangs hear the school’s cafeteria.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department/Splash
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department/Splash
The board (pictured above) which displays the swim team members that hold the record for fastest times, highlights the once Olympic hopeful’s swimming achievements four times.

A former schoolmate of Brock’s, Mark Otto, tells In Touch that he is not surprised that the predominantly white community seems to be more concerned about Brock’s swimming career than the horrific crime.

“The thing about Oakwood, Ohio [where he and Brock grew up], is that people live in a very sheltered bubble. There’s a lot of ignorance, and no willingness to change or learn,” Mark, a NYC-based model and assistant designer, tells In Touch.

“What he did is inexcusable and people should be outraged,” Mark tells In Touch. “I’ve heard people say that the victim was drunk and doesn’t even remember — they question why she cares. [Their way of thinking] is not OK. There is no gray area here. I support the victim 100 percent.”

Another one of Brock’s former schoolmates, who wishes to remain anonymous, agrees. “I think his white male privilege is giving him this lenient sentence,” says the schoolmate. “The whole situation is surreal.”

Read In Touch’s full four-page investigation into Brock’s history, uncovering more lies and injustice only in the new issue, on newsstands now!


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