Scandal at Penn State: There are no words…

Television sports reporter Jackie Pepper posted on her blog today about the mess at Penn State that is rapidly engulfing the storied football program and indeed the entire institution. She very effectively details the legal responsibilities college administrators have – and the human decency that was evidently absent in this case. She said it all in her opening sentence: “The notion of several adults being made aware of the possible sexual abuse of a 10-year-old boy and not reporting the incident to police is mind boggling.”

Sandusky and Paterno

Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno during happier times – when the public was unaware of Sandusky’s alleged molestation of children

Read her blog post here:

Blinded by Money and Power: Penn State Administrators Ignored Legal Responsibility, Empathy, and Human Decency

I’ve spent much of my career on college campuses and working in athletic departments. I ran youth basketball camps on a college campus years ago, staffed by coaches from the college. I cannot for the life of me fathom witnessing something like what is alleged at Penn State and not reporting it beyond my supervisor to legal authorities immediately – or hearing such a report from a colleague or subordinate and not calling the police.

As a parent to a child who has attended countless sports camps and clinics run by coaches, I’m speechless. There are no words to sum up what my reaction is.

There is no excuse – none – for thinking one’s responsibility stops at telling their boss and forgetting about it. Not when children are being molested. Continue reading

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