“I wish I had done more”. In our society, we hear this statement way too often. In the last few days, I have heard it way too much.
What is happening at Penn State is nothing less than appalling. I have been listening and reading to all the excuses coming out of the Penn State campus, and I for one am disqusted. To have sexual abuse (if true) of young boys not only occur on a college campus but in the football locker room is egregious. Moreover, to have an assistant of Joe Paterno witness this act, and do NOTHING about it other than to run home and call his dad is mind boggling!! Mike McQueary, the assistant, was 28 years old. How old do you have to be to know that what he was witnessing was wrong? According to the grand jury report, Mr McQueary testified that he went into the locker room one Friday night and heard rhythmic slapping noise. He looked into the showers and saw a naked boy about 10 years old, with his hands up against the wall being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. McQueary informed Paterno the next day, who according to reports reported to higher ups. Why no call to the police? Whether by McQueary, Paterno, the president of the university, someone??? This to me is more egregious than the act of a very sick individual.
There is a consensus that the president of the university should resign or be fired. As of this writing, he is to be removed or he is resigning. Two other men have taken leave or have resigned. We haven’t heard what is happening to McQueary, but we have heard the Joe Paterno has announced his retirement at the END OF THE SEASON. NOT good enough. Mr. Paterno should do the right thing and retire NOW!! Not tomorrow, not after the game on Saturday, not after the season but NOW!! If he is allowed to be on the sidelines on Saturday, it will end up being a rally for Paterno, and the victims will be hurt all over again. This cannot be allowed to happen. The Board of Trustees must do the right thing and put the victims first and not allow Paterno to take the field. If they let this happen and allow Paterno to take the field on Saturday, they not only will scar the university even more than it is now, but more importantly scar the victims once again.
“I wish I had done more”. We cannot use that excuse anymore. Whether addressing abuse, or suicide, we MUST do more. We MUST never turn a blind eye. We MUST speak out!!
Thanks for reading, and remember
Never Strike Out!