Thursday, November 10, 2011

News: Not So Happy Valley

Retired Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted on sexual abuse charges, and, when it became apparent that head coach Joe Paterno knew of these allegations for years, the Penn State board fired Paterno. The reaction around campus was not pleasant:



This isn't rioting over political oppression or even the loss of a big game - this is rioting over the dismissal of someone who failed to investigate some very heinous charges. Even if Sandusky is innocent (which seems pretty unlikely, given how many people caught him in the act), Paterno shouldn't get sympathy, not when he didn't lift a finger to police the coaches over whom he had so much power.

I'm hoping that justice will be done. In the meantime, here's Jerry Sandusky talking about Second Mile, the charity Sandusky founded "to help Pennsylvania's children achieve their potential as individuals and community members by providing them with opportunities to develop self-esteem":

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