I spent last night reading the grand jury report into Jerry Sandusky (you can read it here, PDF file) and his decades long rape of children while coaching football at Penn State. The entire report will make your stomach turn and fill you with outrage, but one part really got me.
In 2002 a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, witnessed Sandusky anally penetrating what appeared to be a 10 year old boy in the shower of the Penn State locker room. This 28 year old “man” did not call the police, but instead called his father. His father told him to report it to Joe Paterno. McQueary waited until the next morning, then went to JoePa’s house and told him about it. They decided the best way to handle it would be to talk to Tim Curley, Penn’s athletic director. Two weeks later McQueary found out that Sandusky had been “punished” by having his keys to the locker room taken away.
This was the rape of a 10 year old boy by a coach at Penn state and the adult that witnessed it didn’t think “maybe I should call the police”, let alone try and stop it? He might as well have held the boy down for Sandusky.
And it gets worse. McQueary is still a coach for Penn. Why in the hell hasn’t he been fired? This guy witnessed a felony being committed on school grounds by a member of the staff and didn’t report it to campus police. He should be in cuffs for this, yet he still has a job.
This whole thing reeks of the Catholic sex abuse scandal all over again. The school was worried about image instead of the innocent victims their monster was allowed to prey upon. Every single person with knowledge of what happened should, at the minimum, lose their job, if not face criminal charges.