Death Penalty for Penn State?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
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: 01-25-2010
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 1:05pm

When that sport pays for all the other sports yes it is important. 

They did report in 1998 but there was no prosecution. 

dragowoman

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Registered: 05-25-2004
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 1:11pm

How important? Important enough to let them go about their merry way while they ignored child abuse?

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 1:47pm

Fact ck: It was reported in 1998! 

dragowoman

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Registered: 08-27-2001
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 3:11pm
Reported to whom? If it wasn't reported to child protective service or the police it was inadequately addressed.
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Registered: 05-25-2004
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 3:35pm

Fact check: it didn't stop in 1998. Joe Pa stated he regretted he didn't do more. So how can you sit here and defend all these people (and if you read the facts, there were a number of folks fired by the university over this for knowing and doing nothing) for knowing children were being abused and not going to the police?

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 3:38pm
my4lovies wrote:
Reported to whom? If it wasn't reported to child protective service or the police it was inadequately addressed.

The 1998 incident was reported to the police and the DA dropped the charges for "lack of evidence."  I'm not saying this excuses the lack of reporting for the 2001 incident....but it begs to reason that if the 1998 allegations didn't stand, the 2001 may not either (at least in the minds of those deciding what to do with the information). 

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 3:44pm
babydance98 wrote:

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.

I've never argued that the abused children weren't the victims....in fact if you read my original posts you'll see that I think we've been talking about the wrong thing from the beginning (namely - Penn State football and Joe Paterno).  From the minute this scandal broke you never heard about the children or the monster that violated them - rather you heard about Penn State football and the coach who "supposedly" didn't report anything.  The media took that and ran with it and now the children are often forgotten. 

This penalty from the NCAA only serves to put PSU football back in the spotlight.  Again, we're talking about the football program instead of the children.  BUT the violations did introduce a new set of victims.....those innocent students & the entire penn state community that will suffer because of these sanctions - which don't do anything to help the victims or punish the actual perpetrators.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 4:09pm

They followed the chain of command and it was reported to the police!  The prosecution(1998) did not file charges!  People did as they were supposed to do. 

dragowoman

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 8:26pm

And why are sports important?

Maybe I don't have the facts clear. This was reporting in 1998? Did it continue after 1998? Then there's no excuse.

 

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Registered: 05-25-2004
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 9:19pm

No one did what they were supposed to do if children continued to be abused. There was an epic failure in the system.

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