I emailed my comments on this article to the mayor of Canton, Janet Creighton - email firstname.lastname@example.org
She promptly responded with the following reply:
"Your comments should be directed to Law Director Joe Martuccio or Criminal Prosecutor Frank Forchione. This is a legal problem and not one that the Executive branch of city governments get involved with. The student, as I recall, is from a township. "
I think that response illustrates how this series of events was allowed to play out as it has.