SNAP to new Penn State coach: "come clean"
We are glad that Penn State is acting prudently in regards to Mike McQueary’s safety. We wish they would have been equally prudent in looking out for the safety of vulnerable children.
It is appropriate that McQueary shouldn’t be coaching tomorrow, but the university should have made this decision before death threats were made against his life. They should have suspended McQueary while an investigation plays out into his possible role in this cover up.
He saw a crime and reported it his superiors. That's better than doing nothing. But he was a 28 year old man in a graduate program. He knew that calling the police was the right thing to do. But he didn't; not in 2002, and to our knowledge, not ever.
He should have called 911 immediately. But he didn’t, and now the child he saw Sandusky raping is known only as “Victim 2” in the grand jury report because no one bothered to find out who he was. McQueary should have called 911 later, when it was clear that the men he told were doing little or nothing to protect kids. But he didn't, and more kids were hurt.
We also call on interim coach Tom Bradley to release a statement to disclose what he knew or suspected and when regarding Sandusky’s crimes. Bradley was also there while this cover up took place, so it is hard to believe that Bradley was completely unaware of the situation. We hope that Bradley comes forward to tell the police and the public exactly what he knew, and when he found out.
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.
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