Back in November, I wrote an article entitled, “Give Sandusky a Millstone” about the predatory behavior of Coach Jerry Sandusky at Penn State. At the time I wrote it, I was 100% positive that the higher-ups at Penn State were well aware of what was going on and said absolutely nothing in order to maintain the status quo. No one wanted to rock the boat – even at the expense of young children who were raped by their beloved Coach.
Well, since then as you all know, Mr. Pedophile has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.
It’s also been confirmed that there was, indeed, a cover up. “In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at the university Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse,” the report said. You can read the full report here.
I’ve also read some articles likening the actions of Sandusky and the others to the scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church.
I do agree, like Sandusky, there were Catholic priests who used their positions of power to abuse and molest children and I do agree that higher ups in the Catholic hierarchy turned a blind eye to that behavior. It was unforgivable at Penn State and it was unforgivable in the Catholic Church.
But the consequences will be very different. While the Catholic Church has paid out millions of dollars to victims of child abuse, it will be the taxpayers in the state of Pennsylvania who will have to foot the bill when the civil lawsuits start pouring in.