It’s almost official: Paterno WILL be honored at Penn State
Last month, a Penn State official pledged that "Penn State will honor not only Joe Paterno's legacy but the Paterno family's legacy."
Wow! I kinda thought universities were about promoting open minds?
But Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour seems to have shut hers. No matter what comes out of the upcoming trials of former top school officials, she’s convinced current university honchos will “honor” Paterno when “some of the legal issues have been sorted through.”
Who knows what may surface in the months ahead that might further portray Joe “I wish I had done more” Paterno in a worse light.
We can’t say it often enough: Honoring Paterno won’t help him. He’s dead.
Honoring Paterno WILL hurt victims of Jerry Sandusky and other predators.
And honoring Paterno WILL make it easier for those who commit and conceal child sex crimes.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.