The Legacy of Joe Paterno by V. Lyn
The students of Penn State who are chanting in support of Paterno, The University personnel who assisted in the cover up of Sandusky’s deviant actions, and Paterno should all be ashamed of theirselves because in their silence and or support they are all sending a message to those predators that are out there that our children do not matter.
The damaged done to those children whose ages run from EIGHT YEARS OLD to THIRTEEN is incalculable. They lost their innocence and TRUST for those people who were supposed to help them and ultimately to keep them safe and it was replaced with guilt, fear and low self esteem and they will suffer lasting and on going ramifications for a violent act perpetrated against them that they were helpless to stop. Paterno who KNEW what had happened on at least ONE occasion and on possibly others is disgusting and unforgivable. And his loss is He, in his action simply allowed a PEDOPHILE to continue in his position for the sole purpose of winning championships. He traded his reputation and any respect he had or believed he deserved, for the evil of a predator who preyed on the innocence and the souls of CHILDREN. Paterno and the other individuals at the university are no BETTER than Sandusky because in their silence they became participants in the harm this Pedophile inflicted on his victims. Let’s make no mistake these children were ASSAULTED- RAPED. Sandusky preyed upon the most vulnerable in our society, our children, he preyed upon the most needy and because of this need of theirs potentially the most vulnerable, underprivileged children. He scarred them irreparably and Paterno and the University in their silence said that those children were throw aways and did not matter.
Where is the outrage for the children. Paterno resignation was self serving he speech was a woe is me speech. He is not honorable, he is not worthy of respect. A man’s worth is based on the manner that he treats other, how he travels through life in lifes journey. How he faces the difficult decisions, not how many games he has won. If Jeffrey Dahmer was the winningest coach would the students still support him as well. And the murder of a child spirit is what Paterno allowed Sandusky to do.
Those students who are crying out their support of Paterno should reassess who they are supporting because this is not the man they believed they knew. This man that called himself Paterno wore a mask, h walked with them, patted them on the back, smiled at them, ate dinner with them all the while knowing that a CHILD was in a bathroom being sodomized by a man he still ate dinner with. The man they think they knew ceased to exist 15-19 years ago when he decided that WINNING and HIS REPUTATION and that of the UNIVERSITIES was more valuable than the trust and innocence of a child.
Joe Paterno wanted to protect his reputation at the expense of a children, secure his legacy in the sports world, well he may go down as the winningest coach in history however his legacy as a man has been as irreparably damaged as those children he stood idly by as they were abused.
To read the full Indictment of Sandusky http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/uploadedFiles/Press/Sandusky-Grand-Jury-Presentment.pdf