An internal investigation on Penn State’s reaction to abuse by Jerry Sandusky has reaffirmed that Joe Paterno and other officials chose to shield the school’s reputation, rather than the children abused there for over a decade.
Officials failed to comply with mandatory reporting requirements; their inaction facilitated the abuse.
Loyal fans have been hostile toward victims, as if their sole purpose in coming forward was to malign Paterno’s reputation. Handwritten notes and emails confirm that Paterno was aware of the abuse, and actively involved in the decision to cover it up.
That should tarnish his reputation.
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