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Archive for November 2011

Okay, so I am finally so fed up that I feel the need to comment on this whole Penn State scandal. Usually I don’t care too much about big scandals like this. But for some reason, I feel some sort of connection to this one. Maybe it’s because I have had tons of friends that graduated from PSU, or the fact that my grandfather was also an alum. Or maybe it’s because of my connection to education as a teacher. Or possibly it’s because I have a child of my own now and I know how I would feel if she had been abused and no one did anything about it.

First of all, let me state that I am not a graduate of this university. I did however grow up hearing about JoePa and how terrific he was. My grandfather was a HUGE fan and religiously went to and watched the games. I remember wearing PSU cheerleader outfits when I was a kid, and sitting around with Poppy on the weekends rooting for the Lions. I also applied to Penn State and was accepted. To this day I still do not really know why I chose to go elsewhere. While I didn’t go there, I visited plenty. Even after college, I joined my friends who graduated from PSU for a few summers to visit during alumni/ArtsFest weekend. Needless to say, I always had a blast in Happy Valley. In fact, I would even venture to say that I might have more allegiance to PSU than to my own Alma Mater.

With all that being said, I can’t fathom why everyone is still supporting “JoePa” through all of this. He knew about children that were being abused and did nothing about it. And let’s be real, it wasn’t just abuse it was RAPE. I don’t care who he is or what his position is, he had a moral and legal obligation to tell authorities about what he knew. I don’t care how much of a legend he is or what good he has done for that school. I don’t care if he was afraid of losing his job. (He was already in his 70’s when this started happening. He could have easily been hired at another school, or retired.) Hiding something like this completely negates anything positive that he has done in my eyes. What a selfish, self serving JACKASS!

As for the school, I cant help but think that more people knew about this and did nothing. We all know how word travels through the work place. So far there have been so many people that we have heard of who knew what was happening. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are plenty of others who knew as well. As an educator and as a parent, I know that children are sent to school to learn, but also because we view educators and teachers as advocates for children. We expect our kids to be safe when they are at school – whether that be daycare, grade school or college.

I’ve seen interviews and Facebook conversations that start out with “You just don’t understand what he did for the school…blah blah blah.” I say, what if those victims were your child, or sibling? How would you feel if that were the case? What would you think about Paterno and others hiding it then? Put yourself in their shoes. It’s one thing to support the students, and victims, but really people Paterno?!? As far as I’m concerned he is an accomplice.

The victims will have to live with the memories of the horrible things that were done to them for the rest of their lives. Quite frankly, I vote for a slow and torturous death to all those involved at the hand of the victims and their families. Those who knew or participated should have to suffer just as they inflicted suffering on others.

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  • currans2cents: The original blog that sparked all of your angst was written purely as an OPINION piece. As you stated, we are entitled to have them. I truly am int
  • Mychal B.: It doesn't "seem" like you are only picking on JoePa, you ARE only picking on JoePa. Mike McQueary has received no disciplinary actions against him fo
  • Mychal B.: Um, I never claimed to understand anything about the war. I wasn't aware that the war had anything to do with this case. I also never said that becaus