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Penn State Did The Right Thing

A few listeners and even some people in my office question whether Joe Paterno should have been fired.  How is this even a question?  Of course firing him was the only choice. 

Yes, Paterno was a great coach who led a successful football program for almost 50 years, but this doesn't have to do with sports. 

This is about human decency. 

I've heard a few people argue that Joe Paterno followed the rules and reported the alleged incident (which was a rape of a 10 year old boy) to his superiors within the univeristy system.  He did nothing more and he was not legally obligated to do more.  I don't buy that argument.  Joe Paterno was respected by so many people and carried so much influence that not personally handling this issue was completely irresponsible and grounds for termination. 

To those Penn State students or anyone else who is upset and think this was disrespectful to Joe Pa, stop and think for a moment.  If you still can't justify it, then I suggest you read the ENTIRE grand jury deposition about the case.  It is VERY disturbing, but if you're still defending Paterno read ALL of this.




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11/10/2011 11:23AM
Penn State Did The Right Thing
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11/10/2011 11:52AM
Amen - You Could Not Be More Right
When you are the head coach (or President or Leader) of a group and someone tells you a child has been molested by a member of your staff - you have a moral obligation to protect the child. Saying he had no legal obligation is missing the entire point. Ask yourself if you were the mother or father of the NEXT victim of this terrible man, how would you feel about this coach and all the others involved explaining that your son was raped because they had no "legal obligation" to stop the rapist. Paterno has a statue on campus. I assume that is because he is viewed as someone we are supposed to look up to. Mr. "No Legal Obligation" to Stop the Rape of Children - MY HERO! Gary T
11/10/2011 7:40PM
Thanks, Jonathan
Very well said!
11/11/2011 11:14AM
Thanks for putting the focus where it belongs, Jonathan
I just was pointed to this article by Allan Barra (whose writing I've admired for years) and thought you'd appreciate his well-placed outrage. http://www.salon.com/2011/11/11/the_shame_of_penn_state/ I love your idea of some kind of respectful demonstration at the UW-PSU game. And I think you could get the word out to a lot of those 90,000 people through Twitter and Facebook.
11/12/2011 9:04AM
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