Monday, November 14, 2011

the aftermath

Wednesday night, Penn State fired coach Paterno as well as the president of the university.
While many in the media, even people close to the Paterno family declared it the right thing to do, a group of students at the school started small riots and protests throughout the night chanting Paterno.
I think in 5 years when some of them become first time parents they might want to take that back.
Meanwhile, on Friday the school announced that now assistant coach McCreary would be placed on administrative leave indefinitely.
A cording to messages he sent to the team, he's in protective custody, done with the program and double fisting drinks down because he is afraid for his safety. Now around campus and in the sports media the talk is what happens to coach Peterno aka Joepa's legacy?
He did some great things for Pen state but the inability to use common sense and be a man will always take it's tole.
Paterno, grad assistant Mike McCreary, not to mention the athletic director and more are all responsible for this.
Frankly, I could care less about anyone's legacy!
The more I thought and spoke with others about it, McCreary who first reported the incident to Paterno was even more at fault than the 84 year-old coach.
He was a 28 year-old adult, not a 12 year-old confused kid, and instead of calling the police, he called his daddy who told him to talk to Joe, which he did a day later.
If it were me who saw Sandusky in the shower abusing the young boy, I would have jumped in and beat the *$hit out of the monster, then I'd call the police.
The district attorney on the case doesn't even know if the incident in question was even one added to the criminal report, and the authorities waited for days even before they spoke to each other and, as we know, never called the police.
Further troubling, Sandusky is out on100k bail, he lives next to an elementary school.
Parents in the area are very nervous and the police are keeping an eye on the school.
I know we are all innocent until proven guilty but, I read the 23 page graphic outline and, there are no words to describe how horrific the descriptions are.
We have seen over time that petifiles don't change, and, Sandusky can abuse again at any moment.
I always knew when I was a tiny round boy that I'd have a family and my children would mean the world to me.
Currently, that isn't the case but, I have children in my life I think of every day who I'd take a grenade for. If someone ever hurt them, I take action, people could ask me questions later.
Gerry Sandusky should never be able to see the beautiful face of a child outside of bars for the rest of his low life.
The football team is trying to move on.
Tom Bradley, ironically the man who took over Sandusky's position when he retired, is now the temp coach.
Penn State lost the game 17 to 14 under this huge cloud.
I don't think anyone will even come close to righting this wrong but, I do hope some good comes out of it.
We need to understand that sexual abuse and child trafficking are much more prevalent in America than we think they are and the buck stops with us.
Unfortunately, I think we are just starting to learn details and, like most sex abuse cases, more aligations will follow.

Monday, November 7, 2011

what's going on at Penn State

Wile casually watching college football this Saturday, a story stopped me in my tracks when it came on during half time of one of the games.
Friday, former Penn St defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was indicted with 40 counts of sexual abuse towards a minor.
There are 8 different boys said to be involved and the acts happens for at least a 15 year period between 1994 and 2009.
Sandusky was the offensive coordinator for Penn st university for 30 years retiring after the 1999 season.
However, he continued to work for a non prophet called second mile he founded in 1977.
an organization dedicated to help improve the self esteem of Pennsylvania youth through many different programs.
According to the website, to help children receive positive human interaction.
Jerry wrote about it in his autobiography sadly titled Touched.

Sandusky held many football camps at Penn St where many of these acts took place even after he retired in 1999.
There were rumblings about his behavior in 1998 which were brought to the attention of Athletic director Tim Curley who dismissed the claims.
The other shoe dropped in 2002 when a Graduate assistant reported to legendary coach Joe Paterno that he saw Sandusky engaged in sex acts with a young boy in the shower in the locker room.
According to Paterno, the next day, he notified the Athletic director that his grad assistant saw inappropriate activity between sandusky and the boy saying later it was obvious the assistant was distraught but he didn't know specifics.
The coach didn't call the police instead leaving it up to the Athletic director and higher ups and the school to take action as he felt because Sandusky was no longer working for him, this was the best way to handle the inquiry.
Along with Sandusky being charged on Friday, Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president of business and finance Gary Schultz were both charged with 1 count of perjury following a 2 year investigation.
According to the district a tourney, they both failed to report the incident to police or child protective services.
The men testified they were told that Sandusky was horsing around and nothing serious went on while documents and the stories of Paterno and the grad assistant contradict them completely.
As of now, Curley has taken administrative leave in order to work on his defense while Shultz has stped back in to retirement.
I feel bad for the wonderful fans and alumni of Penn St
My x-wife's family live in that area.
It's a great place to raise a family, you couldn't meet people more hardworking or hospitable than the people of central Pennsylvania and they love there Nitanny Lions!
However, this case is all about the young men and boys who were already on shaky ground, trusted these men and were violated.
Each man including Perterno should be held responsible for this.
All could have stopped this sexual predator years ago.
Paterno wasn't charged like the athletic director or the vice president but when kids are involved you don't tell you're boss, you tell the police.
No one followed up to even find out who the kid was and what specifically happened.
Also, the President of the University said while it was horrible what happens, he supported Curley and Schultz and felt they did everything with the utmost integrity.
Coach Joe Paterno needs no introduction to even the casual college football fan.
He has the most wins among all division I college football coaches, is 84 with no intention of leaving.
Although in recent years, many alumni have been wanting him to leave purely for team performance reasons.
Along with the president of the University, I think Paterno should resign or be fired as well.
While there is no doubt he did great things for college football, this is going to stay with him and the entire Penn St program needs to clean up now and distance itself from all who knew about this situation.
While reading about this, I thought about how our society views sexual abuse especially when boys or young men are involved.
Seems like every week we here about a teacher charged with having sex with her 13-year-old student.
To be honest, my friends and I would joke about that when we were in College and ask each other, where were teachers like that when we were in school?
It goes without saying, it's nothing to joke about.
I've spoken to boys and read many testimonies from them and their parents detailing how inappropriate sexual behavior by authorities have changed the way they look at life, not to mention future relationships.
It confused them not only sexually but mentally and physically as well.
Because they are male, they are less likely to confide in anyone about the abuse especially if it was rendered by another man.
As a society, we need to report these things when we see them, not leave it up to the next guy.
It's our duty to listen to our children even when they are talking small talk and ask them questions when something just doesn't ad up.
Most importantly, weather they are girl or boy, we need to let them know that they aren't the problem, the Jerry Sandusky's of the world are and we're not going to let them steel their youth!