Editorial: How many looked away at Penn State?

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2011 - 6:28 PM

Child-abuse allegations shake an iconic college football program.

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spatrickNov. 7, 11 7:44 PM

Anyone in a position like Joe Paterno has a legal obligation to report incidents to the "chain of command." Coach Paterno did so, but He and other persons of authority had to be aware that Sandusky had access to Penn State facilities, did they not? It seems they all "looked the other way" while Sandusky continued his abuse. Therein lies a responsibility factor, certainly moral and bordering on legal as well. All those initially made aware at the time of the first reporting share this guilt! Coach Paterno included.

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joemamaswNov. 7, 11 8:15 PM

Coaches associated with Powerhouse schools have been forced to leave for less. Players taking money from boosters is much less serious than assaulting and ruining peoples lives. It appears they all knew it and let it slide. Penn State needs to clean house of anyone who had knowledge of Sanduskys alleged crimes and did not report it to legal authorities. And Joe - Telling your Athletic Director DOES NOT COUNT!

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SupervonNov. 7, 11 8:33 PM

Now, based on "responsibility" where does that leave Clinton and Edwards? Or, did people just look the other way-except the Enquirer in the case of Edwards. The regular media walked away without a comment.

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savagedruidsNov. 8, 11 9:08 AM

Penn State needs the death penalty, no bowls, maybe no more football.

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savagedruidsNov. 8, 11 9:30 AM

Supervon: we're talking about children here, not politics. If you think this is even remotely the same as clinton then I feel sorry for you. Go take your comments to a Cain story.

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mnpoliticoNov. 8, 1111:27 AM

Leaders must lead - legally and morally. It's time for Joe to go.

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jarlmnNov. 8, 1111:39 AM

When are we ever gonna admit that college sports are nothing more than glorified feeder-clubs for the pros? The stuff that jocks AND their coaches routinely get away with on most college campuses is unconscionable.

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SeaSharkNov. 8, 11 2:40 PM

Penn State in 1998 should have fired Jerry Sandusky, permanently banned him and his Second Mile foundation from university property, and forwarded a campus police investigative report to local State College police after receiving and reviewing at least two credible complaints alleging that Sandusky was engaging in predatory inappropriate physical contact with minor children in the school's shower rooms. Mike McQueary in 2002, then a graduate assistant Penn State football coach and now the Nittany Lions' wide receivers coach, claims he saw Sandusky performing anal sex on a 10-year old boy in the team locker room shower area and immediately left the building INSTEAD OF rushing into the room and rescuing the defenseless child. McQueary's cowardice is outrageous, inexcusable and unforgivable, and the fact that he reported the assault to Joe Paterno the next day does not pardon him for his failure to help a child in desperate need of protection. Penn State's board of trustees should terminate the employment of any university administrators or coaches who are proven by the court system or the school's disciplinary procedures to have failed their legal duty or professional obligation to report Sandusky's alleged crimes against children promptly and directly to local law enforcement officials.

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fwallenNov. 8, 11 8:29 PM

This is sickening. Penn State and the people that looked the other way should pay for helping the victims recover. Joe Pa should contribute half his wealth to a fund to help these victims.

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owatonnabillNov. 9, 11 6:10 AM

We know that Joe Paterno was made aware of one instance of abuse of a young boy by a person who was apparently an eyewitness to the event. We also know that Paterno then reported it to his superiors, as he was no doubt bound to do. However the moralists who insist that Paterno must go would be right if, and only if, he was made aware of a subsequent incident of abuse on the part of this individual. My thought is that if this bozo knew that the administrationn knew, he took great pains to keep his activity hidden. For all we know, Paterno thought the incident closed at the time and was never made aware of any other such incidents. If that is the case, than further legal action against him would be wrong.

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