What Fresh Hell Is This?

November 8, 2011

When BOTH Editorial Boards Agree On Something

It is, as Joe Biden once said (in a vastly different context), a big fucking deal.

In two paragraphs the P-G editorial board frames what's happened:
It is sickeningly familiar, these allegations that a previously respected member of the community committed unspeakable acts against boys, and that other men in positions of power looked the other way.

This time it is Jerry Sandusky, longtime defensive coordinator for the Penn State Nittany Lions' storied football program and the founder of an organization that is supposed to help vulnerable youths, who is charged with repeatedly using his position to abuse eight boys over a 12-year period.
I take a lot of swipes at the Tribune-Review's editorial board but today they get it right:
Worse, when head coach Joe Paterno reported one alleged incident (as relayed to him by a graduate assistant) to his boss, Tim Curley, the athletic director, Mr. Curley failed to report it to authorities, an indictment alleges. Curley and Gary Schultz, Penn State's senior vice president for finance and business, are accused of covering up the alleged crimes, then lying about it. Curley's on administrative leave; Schultz has "retired."

Mr. Paterno, who testified before a grand jury, is not charged. But that's no absolution. He should have contacted authorities immediately.

Penn State President Graham Spanier is not without culpability. Though not charged, prosecutors say he "reviewed and approved" a measure that banned Sandusky from bringing children onto campus "without any further inquiry on his part." Outrageous.

The courts will decide the fate of Sandusky, Curley and Schultz. As for Paterno and Mr. Spanier, they must resign.
Despicable shame.  On everyone involved.

1 comment:

Winding down said...

PG Ron Cook is spot on in today's column...the PSU board shud move quickly. The relevant and critical "facts" are not in dispute...clean house...many may not have had a legal duty...but they sure had a moral obligation.
And they failed to act.