PA resident here completely sickened by the Penn State scandal

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PA resident here completely sickened by the Penn State scandal
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 7:38am
How can these people call themselves educators? The well being of the children of PA played second fiddle to the reputation of their beloved football team. I read the grand jury report. While the administrators are legally culpable, I have completely lost all respect for Joe Paterno. If you haven't read it let me summarize. A grad student heard rhythmic bumping in the shower after hours. It sounded like sex. He went to check it out and saw Sandusky performing anal sex on a child that he estimated to be about 10. The grad student should have called police then, but I suppose he was shocked and scared. He went to Paterno's house the next morning. And Paterno chose to notify his bosses. Paterno met with them a few days later. No need to act quickly. It is just some poor disadvantaged kid. And they never even attempted to identify the kid. Just clean up the mess so the tailgate can go on. My question is why didn't Paterno take that grad student to the police immediately and contact his bosses from the police station? And why wasn't that his legal obligation when a violent act had been committed against a child?

The sicko continued to sexually abuse children until a high school coach thought his behavior was inappropriate and notified his boss who in turn notified police. The coach did not see anything violent just odd inappropriate stuff. Thank heaven he was alert and honorable enough to protect children.

Robin

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Hi Robin,
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I just heard that Paterno cancelled the press conference. Maybe he is going to resign? I think he has to.

As for consequences, I have been thinking about this as well. It is a tough one because it is completely different than any other sports scandal. The kids on the team have absolutely nothing to do with it. They have been living under the high moral standards that Paterno set and have been punished for even minor transgressions. I am not sure what is going to happen to Penn State football and I am not sure what should happen. It seems that the school should be punished, but I am not sure how to do that without punishing the players who did nothing wrong. I guess the players will end up paying the price because life just isn't fair. This whole thing just makes me sick on every level.

So where did your son end up going?
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Yeah, Penn State canceled the press conference.

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I hadn't read the details until you posted this. I'm just sick at heart reading it and I've lost ALL respect for Paterno. I hope he is fired immediately and his reputation never recovers. I can't believe that he didn't do anything criminal, but I guess that just shows that the law doesn't cover everything. I mean, you find out that someone is raping a 10-year old boy (and I say this as the mom to two boys around that age) and you "report it to your superiors" but don't do ANY followup when clearly, the police aren't contacted?!?!

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I had heard about the janitor, but I had not heard of the other earlier incidents. It just gets sicker and sicker. It seems impossible to believe that people did not know even prior to the 2002 incident. Clearly Sandusky made very little effort to remain discreet. He had his own little kingdom. He was well respected throughout the state and doors were opened for him. He preyed on poor kids so no one cared. ---- okay, I need to calm down because now I am making allegations that I cannot back up with evidence, but I still can't help feeling these things in my heart.

And on a personal note I can't help thinking about how my son almost went to Penn State where he had hoped to join the Blue Band. Right now I am very grateful that he stayed as far away from that mess as he could. Part of the Penn State appeal was the opportunity to be in a band associated with JoePa in his last few years of coaching. An on a truley petty note I would like to add that Joe Paterno seems to have broken my husbands heart. Dh has multiple degrees from Penn State and is/was a huge Penn State fan. Not the type that has Penn State junk all over the house or even any Penn State sweatshirts, but a fan who was proud of the integrity of his alma matar's head coach. Now that integrity is gone and I can hear the saddness in his voice when we talk on the phone (he is out of town). As I said, it is petty compared to the pain these young men experienced, but it is no doubt real and I am sure shared by thousands of Penn State alums.
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And PLEASE remember that all the people involved in this mess are not simply citizens who failed to do the "right thing". They are ALL MANDATED REPORTERS--workers in certain professions who MUST make reports if they have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect. Mandated reporters who make good faith reports have the same immunity from liability under the law as non-mandated reporters. However, a mandated reporter's failure to report suspected instances of child abuse or neglect to DCFS constitutes a Class A misdemeanor; simply reporting suspicions to a superior does not satisfy legal requirements.
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Oh, I realize that they are legally required to report suspected abuse and that is why I started my post by saying "and they call themselves educators?". I have commented to my husband that I think these people should be considered conspirators to the crime instead of perjurers. I can't stop thinking about how many children suffered due to their silence. And those kids are grown with probable psychological problems - maybe their lives were ruined. I feel so sick.
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Theresa I could not agree more!
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Ugh, and it only gets worse. I saw JoePa on TV this morning. It was footage from in front of his home last night. He really looks as if he doesn't quite understand what is going on. He looks old and tired and confused. It disturbs me that a man of his stature can be so out of touch with what he should have done.
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Apparently not, according to the poice:

"Mr Paterno has said he alerted the university's athletic director after he was informed in 2002 of an alleged serious sexual assault by Mr Sandusky on a boy as young as 10 in a locker room shower. But the incident was never reported to police.

Police have said that Mr Paterno fulfilled his minimum legal requirement but have suggested the coach had a moral responsibility to do more.

Penn State's athletic director Tim Curley along with the university's senior vice-president Gary Schultz were charged on Monday with failing to report the suspected abuse.

Both men are also accused of perjury during their testimony before a grand jury."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15662479

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I don't get it.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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