All this brouhaha over Joe Paterno is obscuring the real problem. According to the Grand Jury report about the abuse of young boys by Jerry Sandusky, he was caught in the act at least twice by grown men. These men backed out of the room and did nothing to save the boy being raped. What kind of world do we live in that a man would turn his back on a criminal act being perpetrated on anyone - let alone a child?
Mike McQueary, one of the men in question, is being criticized for not calling police. Calling police? A real man would have the courage to immediately stop what was going on.
I'm a woman who is only 5'2" tall. When I was working at Costco, a fellow employee was being physically assaulted in the parking lot by a very large crazy woman. The woman had the employee, also a woman, pinned in a car door with the intent of jumping in the car and driving off. I didn't hesitate one nano-second before flattening the perpetrator and pinning her arm behind her back until the police arrived. And I wouldn't have hesitated to have flattened Sandusky. Yet we have several full-sized "men" who turned their backs on children being assaulted?
I've even seen some articles calling McQueary a "scapegoat." He's not a scapegoat - he's a coward.
What's the tragedy, Mr. Paterno? The fact you got caught, or what actually happened?“This is a tragedy,” Paterno said. “It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”
And before anyone has a chance to bash the Catholic Church, allow me to say:
Any priest caught in the act of abusing a child (in most cases it was teenagers) and not stopped on the spot, or anyone who did not report the act to the authorities when sufficient evidence of abuse of children was evident: There's a special place in hell for you.