Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Penn States "Crimes of Omission"

If you haven't heard about this scandal yet, you will.

Joe Paterno, a legend in college football, is about to be forced out at Penn State.

To explain his importance, Paterno has been the Head Football Coach at Penn State for about 45 years. There is a statue of him outside their stadium.

It has recently come to light that his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molested several young boys....some of them right there in the Penn State football training facilities.

In 2002, a graduate assistant caught Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in the Penn State football shower room. He reported this to Joe Paterno, who reported this to the University President, but no other actions were taken.

No police were involved...and Sandusky went on to molest several other young boys over the years.

Paterno did what he was supposed to do, but it was a crime of omission. The police should have been notified. The University is basically guilty of covering this situation up...and may have bought itself some expensive lawsuits from the victims.

The whole situation is horrifying.

And it ruins the outstanding reputation that Joe Paterno had carefully built and protected for half a century.