Too Late But Penn State Finally Did the Right Thing
Leonard Pitts Jr.
So they did the right thing. Belatedly.
You might say that is better than failing to do the right thing period, but it comes as meager comfort to those who have watched the
Why did it take so long?
There seems to be some confusion over what one should do if, as allegedly happened at
(1) Make the pedophile stop, preferably by putting him -- or her -- forcibly against a wall.
(2) Resisting the urge to put said pedophile through said wall, make sure the victim is OK.
(3) Call the police.
If the rules require you to notify a superior first, allow said superior a reasonable amount of time to call police. Fifteen seconds is a reasonable amount of time.
None of this happened at
Sandusky denies these accusations. In a surreal interview with
Prosecutors say otherwise. Sandusky faces a 40-count indictment and new alleged victims are coming forward. Two school officials were also indicted. Last week, the school fired Paterno, the face of its football program for nearly 50 years, for not doing more to stop the abuse. Students reacted by rioting, tearing down lampposts, fighting with police, overturning a news van.
"Of course we're going to riot,"
You wish such moral obtuseness was rare. It seems instead general.
And you wonder what it is that allows people to so easily forget what should be most important.
But what matters here is not the school's reputation.
It is not "JoePa's" legacy.
It's the children, stupid.
As a society we talk a great game about how important young people are to us. Yet how often do we confront moments of blinkered morality -- from the child welfare agency that fails to protect the child's welfare to the pedophile who gets a pass -- that argue otherwise?
It is all our jobs to protect all our children -- period. And yes, it was good that
Penn State sex scandal legal implications
- Sandusky: One Man's Actions and The Incalculable Damage Done
- Too Late But Penn State Finally Did the Right Thing
- Penn State's Shame and Ours
- Scandal Culture Snagged Paterno
- 'Right to Riot' Cemented in Campus Culture
- Key Files Missing From Jerry Sandusky's Charity
- Syracuse Assistant Basketball Coach Bernie Fine Denies Sex Assault Accusations
- Joe Paterno has Treatable Form of Lung Cancer
- McQueary's Story Adds Twist To Penn State Scandal
- Penn State Coach Mike McQueary Says He Stopped Alleged Sandusky Assault
- Sandusky Denies He's a Pedophile in TV Interview
- Big Ten Takes Paterno's Name Off Championship Trophy
- Penn State Assistant Mike Mcqueary Won't Coach, Attend Game Vs. Nebraska
- Picking Up the Pieces: Tom Bradley Takes Over at Penn State
Penn State Fires Coach Paterno, Effective Immediately
President Spanier Also Dismissed
- Paterno Facing Possible Civil Suit, Criminal Charges
- Paterno Wants to Talk About Penn State Controversy
- Penn State Officials Step Down Ahead of Arraignment on Perjury Charges
- Penn State Top Official Unconditionally Backs Embattled Ad Amidst Shocking Allegations
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