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Should Joe Paterno’s Statue Be Removed From Campus Football Stadium [Poll]

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Unless you have been living on an island, we are all too familiar with the child sex abuse scandal surrounding Penn State’s storied football program and former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The allegations are some of the most shocking and disgusting allegations most, if not all of us have ever heard. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts and will be sentenced soon.

Former FBI Director Louie Freeh announced the results of his independent investigation last weekend. He found that Penn State hierarchy, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, did very little to stop the abuse by Sandusky – never alerted authorities and their handling of the situation was a complete and utter failure, which we have known for a while now.

Paterno died in January and some have argued that makes him an easy target for blame, while others say that Paterno failed miserably in doing the right thing once he became aware of Sandusky’s reported actions. There will continue to be a lot of fallout, which could even result in the football program being eliminated entirely.

One of the key questions lately has been what to do with Paterno’s statue that sits in front of the football stadium. Many have called for it to be removed, while others say it should stay where it is. Over the weekend, it was announced that the statue will stay, at least for now which has both sides of the issue debating heavily back and forth.

Penn State will probably never recover from this scandal and it’s safe to say if the football program remains, there will always be a very dark cloud over the program that most will not be able to ignore. The most important things here are the victims, their families and the hope that nothing like this ever, ever happens again anywhere in this country, or in the world for that matter and whatever action is taken will ensure that it doesn’t, it can’t.


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