Penn State Scandal

A scandal involving the Penn State football coaches, athletic department, president and administration has unfolded in the past few days.

Basically, Joe Paterno the 84-year-old head coach of the Penn State football team, was fired. Why? Because Jerry Sandusky, a former football coach was sexually abusing young boys over the past decade. The former athletic director and former head of the finance department were charged with “failing to report an incident” aka BEING COMPLETE IDIOTS AND TURNING THE OTHER WAY WHEN YOUNG BOYS WERE BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULT.

Sandusky was able to find his victims through a foundation that he created called Second Mile in 1977. This foundation provided needy children the opportunity to participate in athletics. Even though Sandusky was technically not a faculty member at Penn State, he had access to athletic facilities and even had an office in the Football building, where he would sexually abuse his victims.

According to the 23-page grand jury report, the assistant coach had seen “a naked boy … whose age he estimated to be 10 years old, with his hands up against the wall,” and a “naked Sandusky” forcing him to have sex.

Unbelievable. Even more unbelievable is the fact that Paterno claims: “he was never questioned by university police or other law enforcement until he testified before the grand jury in December 2010.” WHAT?! HOW CAN YOU NOT REPORT YOUNG BOYS BEING RAPED? How can you simply WALK AWAY and not report that sort of thing to the police? I cannot even imagine what kind of moral code he has. Just. So disappointing that the administration and athletic department kept quiet about the sexual assault of these young boys just for the football team.

It’s upsetting enough to hear about the fact that young boys were being raped and nobody did anything, but, of course, it gets worse.

After it was announced that Joe Paterno was being fired, thousands of Penn State students began to riot. WHAT THE WHAT.

 They turned their ire on a news van, a symbolic gesture that expressed a view held by many: that the news media had exaggerated Mr. Paterno’s role in the scandal surrounding accusations that a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, sexually assaulted young boys.

OH I’M SORRY NOT SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT YOUNG BOYS BEING RAPED WAS EXAGGERATED BY THE MEDIA?! I can’t even. I can’t even believe that these students are my peers and are acting out in such a way. The fact that they are SO UPSET about the loss of a football coach and their school’s football reputation and NOT about the fact that their school allowed sexual assault of young boys is shocking to me.

It’s infuriating. It’s unbelievable. It makes me feel a complete lack of optimism for the future because of how incredibly skewed and distorted our sense of morality and our values as a generation. I’m glad they’re passionate about something, that’s better than apathy, but based the fact that this upset is over their university’s football team is just ridiculous.

I think what President Obama had to say is very fitting:

“And I think it’s a good time for the entire country to do some soul-searching — not just Penn State. People care about sports, it’s important to us, but our No. 1 priority has to be protecting our kids. And every institution has to examine how they operate, and every individual has to take responsibility for making sure that our kids are protected.”

Jon Stewart addressed the situation and his satire makes the scandal a little less infuriating.

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