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PENN STATE: Rioting for the wrong people

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on Nov. 11, 2011 at 10:01 am with 15 Comments »
November 11, 2011 10:24 am

Penn State students rioting for fired coach Joe Paterno and fired President Graham Spanier sends a troubling message – that sex with children has become a low priority and should be disregarded as normal behavior.

Perhaps these rioters need to interact with an abused child and explain to that child why an abuser gets to be placed in a higher position while the abused child is ignored and not cared for.

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  1. lovethemountains says:

    Right on, Colin. Misplaced reaction by the students.

  2. cclngthr says:

    Unfortunately lovethemountains, reactions like this cause people who have experienced this to not report it. Same thing happens when people use the term sexual abuse wrongly just to get their way. People, even some kids claim child abuse when it never happened.

    This causes a big problem with those who are truely abused. The downgrade of the act caused by others inaction and misguided acts causes those who have experienced abuse to also ignore the symptoms.

  3. citizen65 says:

    I haven’t been following this to close. What did the actual perp get?

  4. cclngthr says:

    Joe Sundesky was recently arrested, and Paterno, and Spanier were fired. However, an assistant coach who witnessed one act still is on the job, but now on leave pending investigation.

  5. bobcat1a says:


  6. pazzo242 says:

    Colin–you are so right. We live in a society that has ALL values twisted around. It is the times and it is clearly stated in a very special book that we will live in a time where what is wrong will be considered right and what is right will be considered wrong.

  7. In academia – as is true with many other institutions – the secret to “success” is to keep a low profile, not make waves, go along to get along – in short C.Y.A. (cover yer a__). The fact that Paterno did the bare minimum is unsurprising within this environment.

  8. cclngthr says:


    We do, however I also see within this is problems with those reporting events like this that are false. My nephews ex wife made such a claim and now, the 3 kids have serious issues due to being told they were sexually abused. I also have worked with many sexually abused children and there is a problem when these truely abused kids hear of cases where false claims and wonder if they will be believed.

    Academia low profiles are also in K12 schools as well. Nothing really gets done due to inaction of people scared of shaking things up.

  9. Badly written letter, anyone who is not following the case will think Paterno and Spanier were the ones raping the little boy(2). This was not the case.

  10. cclngthr says:

    Spanier and Paterno allowed the abuse to continue by not reporting it to the proper authorities.

  11. ccIngthr: I understand that. I’m saying the letter is poorly written. If someone who was not following the case (Citizen65 perhaps), they way the letter is written, one would assume Paterno did the raping. Im glad he’s been fired, not trying to defend him, read the letter again

  12. cclngthr says:

    It is not poorly written, I wrote it with a specific purpose; to tell people that when people ignore the needs of an abused child, they too are guilty of the crime by not reporting it and that when the needs of that child are not recognized, they are telling that child that sexual abuse is normal and should happen.

  13. citizen65 says:

    One person has allegedly commited several crimes. I believe our society says a person is innocent until proven guilty (of course I could be wrong). Some people have already decided a person who was aware of the alleged crime is already guilty. Makes you think. If you are powerful, you are guilty unless proven innocent. Sounds a bit like Mr. Cain’s situation. Of course the alleged crimes by the person that actually commited the alleged crimes are horrible. Still makes you think. If the alleged person is guilty of child abuse, he should be given the death sentence. Mr. Paterno is already considered guilty because he only reported the alleged crime up the chain as opposed to going out and shooting the alleged criminal.

  14. cclngthr says:

    Paterno should have ensured the police were notified once he was informed of the act. He also has the onbligation to suspend the suspect, part of his coaching staff until the matter is resolved through the internal, and criminal investigation process.

    Since he did neither of these, he automatically is guilty of his obligation of a mandated reporter.

  15. olympicmtn says:

    Come on people. We all know who the pervs are at any school. Think back when you went to school (even grade school). We had a few at my middle school. Male P.E. teachers who coached basketball and football. We found out later one raped a female cheerleader the other raped a male basketball player for years while giving him alcohol, and then we had a male basketball coach for the girl’s basketball team who years later got caught picking up a student outside her bedroom window. If students who are 13 suspect such crimes why can’t adults? These adult excuses are sickening.

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