Am I from a different planet- cause I just don’t get it!!!! Penn State !

November 12, 2011 at 12:46 am 12 comments

Penn State and football- I don’t understand any of it – is the success of college football now the GOD and moral gauge in this society? I will bet you anything you like they all went to church and prayed whilst one of them “preyed”. When did it become OK to sacrifice the innocent child on the altar of a winning football team?

I don’t understand the violent reaction of Penn State students and apparently some faculty thought the fact that “college football” is more important in the grand scheme of things than a child being sodomized!

I don’t get it that apparently they were grown men – with families of their own- turned a blind eye and let this happen and at the very best passed the buck.

The scandal has raised questions over whether Penn State officials put the interests of the university and its celebrated football program over those of children who were victims of sexual abuse.In his last hours as coach, Paterno lamented, “I wish I had done more.”
A series of missed opportunities

Sandusky, 67, is charged with 40 counts of abuse while he was a high-profile assistant to Paterno and during his work with The Second Mile. If convicted, he would face a maximum punishment of life in prison.

I don’t get it that even on my face book among people whom I used to respect were defending a “coach” with outrage at the unfairness of his situation!!!I notice they have removed those posts – bloody good job !

Yet the 23-page grand jury report is littered with instances in which university officials and other authorities failed to act, effectively allowing the list of victims to grow.

“Nothing stopped,” Pennsylvania Sate Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said this week.

In 1998, the mother of a young boy designated by the grand jury as “Victim 6” became suspicious when her son and Sandusky showed up at her home with wet hair. The boy, according to the grand jury report, acknowledged that he had showered with Sandusky, prompting the mother to call Penn State University police.

In a later conversation with Sandusky — with two university detectives listening in — the coach allegedly admitted hugging the boy while both were naked in the shower, the grand jury reported. “I was wrong,” Sandusky allegedly told the mother. “I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”

I don’t get it that a 28-year-old man – strong and healthy -witnessed the child being sodomized and walked away and waited to report it and then what happened ????

I don’t get it because I KNOW I would have reacted differently- is it because I as a mother would have launched myself at this guy- he would never be able to touch another child- that I know – Would you or would you be uncomfortable and turn a blind eye?

and yet the time line linked here this “sporting society” enabled the destruction of innocence and sacrificed children to big money and reputation:
was this allowed to go on because of a damned football team – a winning coach- and “I could lose my job scenario-”

Another potential missed opportunity to expose Sandusky, according to the grand jury, occurred in 2000, when a janitor allegedly witnessed Sandusky performing oral sex on a boy in the Penn State locker room showers.

The emotionally shaken janitor, who described the incident to co-workers that night, did not report the incident to authorities because he and others feared losing their jobs, the report says.

and then the student body riots because of the coaching staff being let go.

I am utterly disgusted at those that turned away from a child being raped – I have no punishment just enough for those that enabled and continue to defend these actions.

What is the world coming too? Any parent recognising their own child in those riot pictures needs to have a long talk with them over the holidays. I would be ashamed of any son or daughter putting a pig skin and a PIG- before a child……. Just another case of BECAUSE THEY CAN!!!!!


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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Grammy  |  November 12, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Amen! To violate a child is the lowest form of self-grandisment.

  • 2. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  November 12, 2011 at 4:01 am

    You know that I agree . . . here is a clip from Jon Stewart where he sums it up all very well:

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I wish I was a “writer” maybe then I could find the words to communicate the utter lack of comprehension and disgust I feel – I am at a loss……… I have seen too many “protection for the majority ” by those that can to fill the rest of my waking days-

    Oh this is situation at Penn State is front page all over the country and the world actually but soon it will be yesterday’s news- and those that protect the institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church and “big money ” will do the spin and we will sink back in our outrage unable to maintain the indignation ……. sorry to be so cynical BUT………… I feel helpless and I hate feeling this way ……….where are the checks and balances in our society…. again we will be asked to forgive and move on- and we will feel good in our “escape hatch” as the ship of what it means to be civilized sinks beneath the depths ……

  • 4. joe smith  |  November 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Grammy, Kelly and Loraine…..well said … harm the most vunerable, and trusting members of society is …i don’t have the words to describe how sickend i feel.

    these boys were in trouble and looking for someone to trust and believe in. The paralels to the catholic church cover up of child abuse is frieghtening.

    to play a game this afternoon knowing what went on at that school is wrong! somebody with authority speak up and cancel that game!!

  • 5. Grammy  |  November 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Ah. . . Joe, Joe, Joe. It would be too simple to cancel to game. After all, they’ve (those in power) have rendered punishment and so we (as Loraine so aptly stated) should just use that “escape hatch” and close our eyes to anything else. The football “cash cow” takes precedence unfortunately. People felt that the coach was the driving force behind the team (as he had for years) and without him they faced defeat. Little do they realize that one person does not make a team, one person is not solely responsible for success or failure. We are as a people a team, trying to provide the most positive reinforcements and examples for our children, so they can grow into responsible adults. When sports or power interfere with that goal, we end up with this ugly situation. Our children are the most important elements that we need to protect, nourish and nurture. Any and all who fail in that responsibility deserves the punishment they receive. By saying “I told so and so” and then did no further checking on a subordinate, the coach loses all his respect and should lose his job. This act spreads shame on all who allowed it to continue over such a long period of time.

  • 6. Grammy  |  November 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    P.S. Loraine, you are a FANTASTIC writer and hit the nail on the head.

  • 7. Geepa  |  November 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    What has been not said is that those indictments came out AFTER Joe Paterno became the most winningest coach in College Football. Which leads me to believe that not only did the University not get it, neither did the district attorney of that state.

  • 8. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Granted and you have to wonder WHY??? I read today the millions and millions that were brought into the college I think 50 million last year alone — down from 92 million – more than our city’s budget for what how many games do they play —— we need to get our priorities in perspective- and the Govenor was the Pennsylvania’s Attorney General was he not? . as the indictments were coming to light …. I realize that there is a time line for the criminal proceedings and grand jurys but this should have been closely looked at in 1998 and definitely in 2000 and 2002 for the time line of this rape of the innocent ———- I maintain these children were sacrificed on the altar of football , greed and cowardice………. the college had to know – people in the program had to suspect and also the powers that be….. but the great God Cash Cow said “shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  • 9. Geepa  |  November 14, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Oh and Rick Santorum one time presidential candidate honored Sandusky with “Congressional Angels in Adoption” award in 2002. Four years after the initial reports.

    But my favorite is his autobiography “Touched:The Jerry Sandusky Story”

  • 10. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    And now we have the ” reasoning” behind the students behaviour – you knew that was coming – obviously not independent thinkers

  • 11. Lisa  |  November 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    NU coach Bo Pelini at the postgame press conference:

    Should be required viewing for all college students.

  • 12. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  November 16, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Yes . . . Loraine . . . you already ARE a writer! No doubt. This is just one of those subjects that is so revolting that it’s hard to put it into words.

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