PSU Dealing With the Worst Kind of Tragedy

Feelings of those affected and actions of PSU should overshadow football

There are plenty of words to truly describe the horror of abuse of children.  Not unlike Nebraska, Penn State fans are like a family united by football, and the events that have transpired is something could tear that family apart.  Historic Head Coach Joe Paterno said it was one of the greatest sorrows of his life and he wished he had done more.  He will be retiring at the end of the season.

Officially, the school has released a statement from the acting AD Mark Sherburne saying that the school plans to do all in its power to restore trust.  The Big Ten's statement from Commissioner Jim Delany appears to be waiting on action from the school while it ramps up its investigation.

BTN's Tom Dienhart is wondering why this Saturday's game is even being played, along with Dirk Chatelain of the OWH, Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press, along with dozens of other opinion pieces across the country, all the while the ticket prices for Joe Pa's final game at Beaver Stadium rise.

As for the action that has already happened, PSU President Graham Spanier has already been asked to resignAthletic director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz already are facing charges related to lying about reported incidents.  The allegations are nothing new, and reports from the media had surfaced even as recently as April of this year.

Husker fans are having a difficult time figuring out how to react to all the events this week, and the Nittany Lion players are trying to stay focused.  But those affected most by this horror have been the children.  Nobody knows if there will ever be healing or recovery in a travesty that could have been prevented had someone just spoken up.

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With hundreds of stories just like this one that don’t make the national headlines, the only thing I can hope is that people will take a second look now at how they handle these situations and get scared enough to figure out how to do the right thing.  There are mandatory reporting laws in all 50 states but not many know this.  It provides people with a safe means to report without fearing recrimination.  Maybe Penn State will become a leader in advancing this and supporting the victims of child abuse. Perhaps they will throw their considerable influence behind organizations like Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) who regretfully deal with this on a daily basis.

If one person out there decides to turn someone in because of this story, it can get better - one kid at a time…

Amen to that Howard!

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