Disturbing e-mails could spell more trouble for Penn State officials
If the allegations surrounding these emails are true, then not only does it look like more Penn State officials are in big trouble, but it’s pretty much impossible to go on believing that the late Joe Paterno not only knew about the reports of Sandusky’s behavior, but knew the nature of them, and what’s more, participated in a cover-up. I hate it for the alumni and fans of Penn State who would never support such things, but I have to say: I hope the lawsuits filed by Sandusky’s victims are numerous and damaging in the extreme:
Curley refers to a meeting scheduled that day with Spanier and indicates they apparently discussed the Sandusky incident two days earlier.
Curley indicates he no longer wants to contact child welfare authorities just yet. He refers to a conversation the day before with Paterno. It’s not known what Paterno may have said to Curley.
Curley writes: “After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps.”
The athletic director apparently preferred to keep the situation an internal affair and talk things over with Sandusky instead of notifying the state’s child welfare agency to investigate Sandusky’s suspicious activity.
“I am having trouble with going to everyone, but the person involved,” Curley allegedly continues.
Curley writes he’d be “more comfortable” meeting with Sandusky himself and telling him they know about the 2001 incident and—according to a source with knowledge of the case—refers to another shower incident with a boy in 1998 that was investigated by police, but never resulted in charges against Sandusky.
Curley writes to Penn State’s president Spanier that he wants to meet with Sandusky, tell him there’s “a problem,” and that “we want to assist the individual to get professional help.”
The only proper response - morally and legally - to an adult male seen sodomizing a young boy, is immediately to call the police. It is not to meet with the perpetrator, it is not to try and keep it an internal affair, and it is certainly not to “assist the individual to get professional help.”
Penn State officials’ failure to do the right thing led directly to the subsequent rape and molestation by Sandusky of several more young boys. It’s a shame that those good alumni and supporters of Penn State now have to live with the stain on their college’s reputation (and before it’s all over with may have to watch their alma mater bankrupted by lawsuits) but it pales in comparison to the shame of the sexual abuse of those innocent young boys allegedly made possible by Spanier, Curley, Schultz, and Paterno.
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