I can’t even bring myself to write a full fledged post about this yet it’s so disgusting. It’s incredibly heart breaking to read this.
Anyway, Penn State hired a law firm of Louis Freeh who is a former FBI director to conduct an independent investigation of what happened during the Sandusky ordeal.
Luckily for us, it really was independent.
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and other university leaders “repeatedly concealed critical facts” relating to Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse from authorities, according to Louis Freeh, the former FBI director who conducted an investigation for the university in the Sandusky scandal.
Freeh also found that “although concern to treat the child abuser humanely was expressly stated, no such sentiments were ever expressed” by university officials, including Paterno and the university president, for Sandusky’s victims.
So they felt bad, but didn’t do anything about it. Keep in mind that Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child abuse. Who knows how many more children he abused.
But don’t worry, JoePa and the rest of the gang sure felt bad about it!!
It gets worse. Why didn’t they want to stop it?
From MSNBC again:
The report says the main cause of the university’s failure was a desire to avoid bad publicity.
They didn’t want bad publicity. Those children were knowingly abused because the school didn’t want bad publicity…
From the Chronicle:
The most powerful leaders in the university concealed facts and failed to protect children, primarily because they hoped to “avoid bad publicity,” the report finds. But other factors contributed as well, according to the committee. Specifically, the report blames [b]“a culture of reverence for the football program that is ingrained at all levels of the campus community.”
The integrity of their college football program were more important than the lives of these children.
Please let that sit for a minute. Think about that statement for a full 60 seconds.
It gets worse. From the Chronicle:
Coaches Saw Sandusky Shower With Boys Before 1998
Several Penn State staff members and football coaches regularly saw Sandusky showering with young boys in a Penn State locker building before May 1998, the report says. “None of the individuals interviewed notified their superiors of this behavior,” the report says. One former coach, Richard Anderson, told investigators he often saw Mr. Sandusky with children in the showers, but that he didn’t think the practice was improper.
I bolded everything because holy fucking shit they saw him showering with boys and didn’t do anything about it? Richard Anderson said he didn’t think Sandusky “often showering with children” wasn’t improper?
It gets worse.
- Mr. Paterno said that “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”
- Mr. Spanier told the Special Investigative Counsel that he was never told by anyone that the February 2001 incident in the shower involved the sexual abuse of a child but only “horsing around.” He further stated that he never asked what “horsing around” by Sandusky entailed.
- The evidence shows that these four men also knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky relating to suspected sexual misconduct with a young boy in a Penn State football locker room shower. Again, they showed no concern about that victim. The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s. [b]At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley also failed to alert the Board of Trustees about the 1998 investigation or take any further action against Mr. Sandusky. None of them even spoke to Sandusky about his conduct. In short, nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity.
These bullet-points all scream the same thing as me, “This could have been stopped.”
If you want to read the rest of the horror, here are the links: