The Penn State scandal makes one wonder what took presedence the number of footballs wins or the safety of children. For 17 years, the “alleged” innappropriate behavior of those “in charge” had virtually flown under the radar by the sports world. Not until November 5 2011, when former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested did this prestigious university scandal become a breaking news story. ”Authorities arrested Sandusky on seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and numerous other charges, including aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of a child. He is freed on $100,000 unsecured bail.” “ Tim Curley, former athletic director and Gary Schultz, vice president are each charged with one count of felony perjury and one count of failure to report abuse allegations.” These men stepped down from their posts. On the other hand, Joe Paterno, football coach and Graham Spanier, former president Penn State, were fired. So the now the true question is how many more people had a responsibilty in looking out for the safety of the children. What other authorities had responsibililty or irresponsibility in ensuring the safety of the students? Should it take 17 years for justice to prevail?
The new president of Penn State, Rodney Erickson, stated in the future we will “not only do what is required under the law, we will do what is right.” How many of us will truly do what is right? Will we pass on our responsibility to our supervisor? After reporting information, will we shake off our hands and continue with business as usual?
What if your child was the victim???