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.