Death Penalty for Penn State?

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Death Penalty for Penn State?
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Thu, 07-12-2012 - 5:11pm

There was this big, respected university with an iconic legend as its football coach.

It also had a pedophile operating in its program.

School officials knew this back in 1998 and covered it up.

They chose this “humane” route of covering up, turning their backs and protecting themselves rather than kids for more than a decade as boys went on being raped in the campus showers and on football trips. They did this because it benefited them, was easier for them and protected what they valued most — the football program.

Penn State should get death penalty- http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/penn-state-should-lose-football-privileges-dealth-penalty-in-wake-of-freeh-report-child-sex-abuse-071212

 

The author goes on to say that she believes the football program needs to come to an end at this time, partly because it will send a strong message to other schools and institutions.  She also says "A big reason this was allowed to happen was because the whole economy of Penn State was football. If you take that away, they might learn."

Do you agree?

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 5:06pm

Its funny how   football players are treated like gods, when they are just people who throw a ball around. I wish our society would quit worshipping people in sports.  

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Re: Death Penalty for Penn State?
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 5:07pm

I think it actually helps students when their tuition isn't raised to pay for things like a football stadium and such. 

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 5:35pm

Actually it is the other way around.  Students will see fees raised to make up for the lost revenue.  Football pays for all the other sports(with the possible exception of basketball).  The economy of the state and local governments are effected. The small businesses are effected.  All the innocent collateral damage by an organization that is out of control.

Goldfish

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 5:36pm
On the contrary, the penn state football program is self-sustaining and actually funds all the other sports at the college as well. No raised tuition at this school. And I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case for a majority of division 1 schools.

As for treating football players like gods, normally I wouldn't disagree with you and I personally don't understand the hype that some sports/teams get - but I don't think this is a case of treating them like gods. Just being disgusted that innocent students (and athletes) are being punished for something they didn't do.
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Registered: 05-25-2004
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 7:49pm

Let's not forget who was really hurt here. It's the sexually abused children. Innocent children who had that taken away from them. They're the victims, not some football program.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 12:24am

Wrong.  The person responsible is in prison. The law took it's course.  None of the current program had anything to do with him or the victims.  Punishing the innocent is not the way to go.

Goldfish

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Registered: 05-25-2004
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 2:26am

"The person responsible"? Sounds like a number of folks have known what was happening for a good number of years and yet the people responsible of the football program chose to do nothing. Shame on them.

I don't think of anyone involved in the football program or university as being punished. Try being a sexually abused child no one is helping. Try being raped while others look on and walk away.

If you're running any sort of program--church, athletics, school, whatever--and you choose to hurt children and not report it to the police, there should be consequences. I think Penn state got off lightly. Had this been one single person and no one else ever knew, I'd feel differently.

I'm sickened that people are so upset about a football team and have forgotten who the true victims are here. That's what is wrong.

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Registered: 08-27-2001
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 7:35am
Stating that Paterno knew there was a child rapist near children and didn't take appropriate steps to prevent is nor smearing his name. It's the fact.
I want to see everyone who knew about this in jail and forever banned from working with kids. But I agree that many of the people experiencing the consequences of this were not a part of it. Punish the guilty.
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Registered: 12-17-2003
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 8:01am

I agree, the football program should be shut down.

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Re: Death Penalty for Penn State?
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 8:04am

Does anyone else think there's something wrong with a university, supposedly an academic institution, putting such an emphasis on football or any sport?

I think it's wrong. I also think this mentality often starts in high school, if not younger.

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