In case you haven’t heard all the details, Penn State University, along with key individuals associated with the school’s football team is currently under immense pressure.
The massive tension surrounding this situation stems from a sexual act or acts that had happened in the past. There are some things that are just difficult to explain, and this story is definitely one of them.
According to various reports along with information associated with the case’s grand jury testimony during that time, former Penn State def. coordinator, Jerry Sandusky had been caught performing sexual acts to a young 10-year old boy in 2002. Mike McQueary, who at the time was a graduate assistant and now is the receiver’s coach for the team, witnessed the child abuse. McQueary immediately informed head coach, Joe Paterno, of the situation, but to everyone’s surprise, nothing was ever done to punish Jerry Sandusky for his crimes.
Sometimes, things that are left unfinished need completion. People like Jerry Sandusky need to be punished without remorse and it’s only a matter of time when Sandusky and all the other individuals linked to this horrific sexual scandal are brought to justice.
This is where head coach Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier (the university’s president), athletic director Tim Curly and the school’s financial Vice President, Gary Shultz come into play. All of these people have been thrown into a cage surrounded by public embarrassment due to the scandal. It’s unbelievable to think that these people didn’t know about the situations that occurred in the school’s locker room.Which leads me to think (as bad as it sounds) that the leaders of the school, the people, in which Penn State college students look up to for moral guidance deliberately covered up these sexual acts. These awful people didn’t do the right thing for the sake of the university, the school’s football popularity, and because they thought that these sexual actions were not as important as business. Let’s face it; these colleges are now operating as businesses and people leading these organizations would do almost anything in their power to keep the flow of income coming in. It’s the sad truth that we as people face in society and it MUST stop now!
Head coach Joe Paterno has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season. ABC News has informed that Penn State president Graham Spanier has been fired. Athletic director Tim Curly and financial VP Gary Shultz were charged with perjury and will be reporting to police for further investigation.
We could all ask ourselves “why was nothing ever done to correct this wrong?” multiple times until our heads explode, but the faster that we realize that our society is going down the drain, the better we will be fully equipped to strengthening our environments.
It will be very tough for Penn State to overcome this dark cloud that will hover over the school for many years to come. As we slowly see Penn State drift away from the country’s rear view, at some point or another in the future, I hope that people view the school once again as a place where great history transpired and great education is given. It would just be a disaster for Penn State University to go down this way.
Through fifteen years, defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a total of 8 boys and never got caught until now. If this doesn’t warrant a look at the negative state of our society, then nothing ever will. These kids have lives of their own and it’s only fair that we fight for these young men because aside from any other factors, it’s just the RIGHT thing to do.
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