Patching Up the Wounds and Still Bleeding Blue and White

After reading through a fraction of the 267 page document of the Sandusky investigative report, I have come to a conclusion: People will do anything to protect their legacy and fame.

Whether you live on the West coast, or East, you know what Penn State University is known for, and that is their stellar football team.  Stellar can’t even describe their football team, it goes far beyond that.  Football is a religion at that school, and it’s no question as to why.  Head coach Joe Paterno is worshiped, for he changed the way football was for that school.  Their school should be beyond proud.

I’m not here to talk about football though.  I’m here to talk about the report, and what information was released from the report.  Former FBI director Louis Freeh was hired by Penn State’s board of trustees to look further into the scandal.  Great idea, BoT.  Judging from the fact that you are partially to blame for the covering up of Sandusky’s incidents.  But, the Board isn’t solely to blame.

Unfortunately, this scandal involved several blinded men of power.  What these men failed to realize is while they were protecting their names and legacy, they were harming the children of our future.  And for what?  They still all had to face the repercussions, just 14 years later.  It’s like my mom always said: “You can lie about something now, and you will get away with it.  For days, weeks, months, maybe even years.  But at some point, you will get caught.”  She used to say that when she knew I was about to tell a lie.  I wonder if these men had heard the same thing as I once did?

What has shocked a lot of people, is that in Freeh’s report, Paterno was said to have failed in protecting the children.  He did not take appropriate acts necessary to save the children.  Neither of the “powerful” four were.  Don’t believe me?  How about reading the investigative report.

Somebody on my Facebook wrote that Freeh should be indicted.  Why?  Because he uncovered the truth?  It is written in black and white.  Nothing that was uncovered is a lie.  No one is out to get Paterno, they are only trying to deliver the truth, and sometimes it hurts.

They did what they had to do.  My opinion: If you disagree with the report, you are ignorant.

Does this make those who did not take actions equal to Sandusky?  No, but I do believe that they are close.

Paterno, Schultz, Curley, McQueary, Spanier, the Board, and University Police.

All of those men are to blame.

The same kid on Facebook also noted that his career is influenced by the Penn State scandal.  He is afraid he won’t get a job for going to such a school.

I say to you, are you kidding?

You should be proud to go to Penn State University.  It is an amazing school.  Whether you are there for its academic excellence, faculty, facilities, or football team, you should bleed blue and white; with pride.

I am sure no one at Penn State wished for something like this to happen.  I can also assure you, none of the underprivileged children of Second Mile wished to raped, sexually assaulted, and abused by a man they dearly trusted.  Shame on you for thinking about yourselves and how your life is affected.  What about the kids, now adults, who have to live with those thoughts?  They will never forget.

Penn State will be okay.  It will take time to mend what is broken, but always remember why you went to the school.  Realize that a bunch of men were too focused on keeping the integrity of the school, that they dismissed what would happen as the aftermath.  They thought they could cover this up, but how could they?  It is a shame that people with so much power, did so little…

We can only pray for the children, now adults, to have a peaceful life.  We can be at ease knowing that a monster is locked up in jail, getting what he deserved.  We can hope that this will never happen again.  And, we can move on.

After all, you are, Penn State. 

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15 comments

      1. I think you’d be awesome at investigative journalism. You need passion and dedication for that job and both you have in abundance. Tell you what, you find the criminals and I’ll put them behind bars! 😀

      2. Rumors for once are correct. What little bird told you that? (or did I haha? I forget things a lot these days. Getting old.)

  1. Madi, as usual, you did an awesome job writing this. I love how, even though you don’t know any victims personally, and don’t go to PSU, you still have such an emotional input to the situation. It’s clear through your writing how strongly you feel about this unfortunate case and how caring and considerate you are toward the victims while still staying to the point and giving fact rather than opinion. And you state everything in such a professional manner.
    great job! ❤ (:

    1. Thank you Court! It’s a very emotional situation for not only the people involved, but the people who have to hear about it. It angers me that people let their biased views get in the way of the truth, so I try to state things like it is. I’m not trying to make people think I hate Paterno, but I want them to see that he is no doubt a big part to blame in letting the lives of children be ruined. Thanks again for reading!

  2. What an amazing story. I never really understood why people are on the sides of these monsters. I mean, yes the football team was good, but that doesn’t excuse you from acting morally. Those responsible got what they deserve (possibly got off to easily).
    Overall, great blog post. It is very heartfelt and strong.

    1. Thanks for reading Nick (and commenting hehe). I agree too. It seems like sometimes we let celebrities and famous people get away with things. They are just normal people like us, and should be reprimanded the same way. But, we live and we learn!

  3. You always got so heated whenever you saw this story on the front page of a paper, I’m glad you were assigned to read the report. I’m sure you enjoyed reading it as well (well as much as you can given the subject matter). Some people really just need to wise up about the issue, and having read this report, I’m sure you’re more than happy to take that duty upon yourself.

    1. Thanks Colin! You know I was following the whole trial, and I was very interested in the whole report and verdict. We all knew Sandusky was going to be guilty, but who knows after people covered up his disgusting past with so much effort. I am glad that it is over. We can move on from this. Thanks for reading!

      1. Surely! It is unfortunate how our law system tends to favor the wealthy, but it was nice to see someone genuinely guilty get taken down regardless of wealth. Hopefully this will be a lesson to anyone else with urges like Sandusky.

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