On Saturday while many college football fans were wading through the manufactured hype leading up to the supposed “Game of the Century” a news story involving former Penn State University defensive coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky seeped into the news feeds at the bottoms of our television screens. Sandusky was charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a fifteen year time span. [i] Sandusky who was for a time considered legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s second in command ran a charity for at-risk youth called The Second Mile. On the surface Sandusky was a “good guy”. On the surface
Sandusky was caught in the shower, having sex with a 10 year old boy by a then graduate assistant now wide receivers coach Mike McQueary. McQueary reported what he saw to Joe Paterno, who in turn ran what he was told up the chain of command. Sandusky was let go by Penn State but in all of this no one thought to call the police. Although released by the school Sandusky still had access to Penn State facilities and continued to run The Second Mile.
In the eyes of the law Paterno and McQueary have been absolved of their actions because they actually filed reports with Penn State’s athletic director. I’m not going to waste words on the particulars of the story but my concern is in the moral details. When the hell did it become okay to report a felony to your superiors and not the police? McQueary should have stopped what he was witnessing and then immediately called the police. Tell your boss about what happened later. I’m at a loss due to the fact that no immediate legal action took place. What kind of men fail to protect children that they clearly see need protecting? The lack of action is disgusting.
I don’t have any more thoughts besides the obvious actions of the legal system.
Vaya con Dios.
[i]There are eight known victims. There very well could be more.