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Penn State Fallout: Paterno, Sandusky, and the Little Boys of the Second Mile


Storied Head Football Coach of Penn State Joe Paterno

 

Jerry Sandusky has been accused of 40 counts of criminal sexual abuse with children over the course of 15 years. The most serious being seven counts of first-degree involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. C’mon folks, this is 15 years of accused abuse of male children in their early teens or pre-teens. Often, Mr. Sandusky brought these children onto the campus of Penn State to utilize the facilities. Many of the accused indecencies happened on the campus of Penn State. What did the administration of Penn State do? Did they call local law enforcement? Did they ban Jerry Sandusky from the campus? Did they attempt to investigate the claims of abuse? No, They banned Mr. Sandusky from bringing kids on campus.

Now, you can think that the administration just turned a blind eye. You can think that they had the legal knowledge to think that were able to be deemed harmless because of certain laws and statutes. The truth is that they took little salt in the accusations against a much loved former assistant coach that served under the legendary Joe Paterno. They swept the accusations under the rug. They came together and said, Let’s just ignore this and maybe it will go away. They told Jerry Sandusky that there are no more boys allowed on campus just in case these accusations happened to be true. They simply didn’t want any connection between Penn State and Jerry Sandusky in case this happened to blow up. That would be bad press. Heads would roll. Well…guess what? Too late.

Former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky ~ The Accused

 

Head Coach Joe Paterno, Athletic Director Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz, the school’s senior vice president for business and finance have all either stepped down, been forced into retirement, or arrested for lying to a grand jury. I bet Spanier is next. I will have to talk to the sport books to see the odds. All of these people had already heard the accusations against Jerry Sandusky. I find it rather disgusting that lawyers for Curley and Schultz have claimed that the mandated reporting rules only apply to people who come into direct contact with children. He also said the statute of limitations for the summary offense with which Schultz is charged is two years, so it expired in 2004.

I mean…if a complete stranger of 12 years old came to me and told me that they were abused by someone I knew for over 20 years, I still would not ignore the kid. I would not keep that from the correct authorities. Let’s look at it this way. If he didn’t do anything, then he would nothing to worry about. But we are talking about children here. In every circumstance, they cannot defend themselves. So, it is up to all adults to do so lest we leave them abused and out in the cold like it appears that many people within Penn State administration may have done.  It is furthermore disgusting to think that a prestigious university would put more stake in their positive press than in the life of a child.

Read the website http://www.thesecondmile.org/welcome.php

Read the Statement on this page about the scandal.Read what it is that this charity was and is in business to do. It makes your stomach go into knots just thinking that a person of such high regard could have potentially done what has been accused.

Before you feel sorry for Penn State, Joe Paterno, any other head that rolls, and the potential decrease in Penn State Admissions….please think about all of the children and their stories. All they had to say to the authorities is…hey, I really don’t believe all of this, but I am hearing all of these seriously terrible accusations. I am all for a fair judicial system and I have faith that in this case the system will work.

i don’t feel sorry for Sandusky, Paterno, or anything else that befalls Penn State because of their inaction. Hey, I am a dad too. My thoughts are with the children and a fair judicial resolution of this mess.

 

~Erik Sudberg

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