At Pennsylvania State University, a grown man found a blameless child being put through hell. Other grown men learned of it. Each of them had to make their choice, and decide, fundamentally, whether the continuation of their utopia — or at very least the illusion of their utopia — was worth the pain and suffering of that one child. Through their actions, and their inactions, we know the choice they made.
The above is from Greg at Rhymes With Right, who quotes one of his favorite science fiction authors, John Scalzi, who has the post Omelas State University up on his website. That one paragraph pretty much covers my thoughts on the tragedy of Penn State, but go read it all. I'm not alone in my opinion:
Via Rasmussen Reports:
As the child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University continues to unfold, most Americans say the school's officials did a poor job handling the initial allegations that eventually led to the grand jury investigation of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that eight percent (8%) rate the way Penn State officials handled the initial allegations of child sex abuse as good or excellent. Fifty-seven percent (57%) rate the initial handling of the situation as poor.
Mike McQueary will not be at Penn State's game Saturday against Nebraska -- nor should he be coaching any future games -- due to multiple threats made against the team's assistant coach.
Who is Mike McQueary?
Mike McQueary is the one who witnessed Sandusky assault a young boy in the Penn State showers in 2002; he not stop the alleged abuse; let did not call the police; he did not follow up, apparently, after reporting what he was, just left Sandusky there anally abusing the boy.
Instead, McQueary, who was 28 at the time, called his father, who went to Paterno and reported the incident. Paterno notified the athletic director, Tim Curley, and a vice president, Gary Schultz, who in turn notified president Graham Spanier.
The rest is history. Painful history for a community known as Happy Valley.
Since history cannot be undone and we don't know why McQueary didn't take stronger action after witnessing such a heinous crime, we are left with only one other question: Why is he still on the coaching staff? (CBS)
Tom Bradley is the new interim coach.