I was doing my usual stroll through Facebook and I came across this piece. A PSU alum wrote this on Penn State’s official Facebook page. He absolutely kills it. Like it. Share it. Get it out there.
In the time that has passed since the issuing of the Freeh report, I myself have been told to rip up my Penn State diploma by three people, been called a pedo (simply because I attended penn state!), and accused of caring about football more than the welfare of children.
To each of these five different people, I asked: “Did you read the Freeh report?” and the grudged answer from each was “No but I read reports on it!”. In our reader’s digest culture we are reading reports of summaries of snippets of the original sources. In fact, now that I have reached my second paragraph, I doubt most of you will read all my words.
My point to everyone bashing Penn Staters: Shame on you. Do you really think our campus is the only place were these crimes happened? Do you really think they would not have if Sandusky did not have access to our facilities? Blaming individual Penn Staters for these atrocities makes as much sense as blaming everyone who lives in Pittsburgh, or San Francisco for that matter. Many were likely more connected to Sandusky than some of us! I was at Penn State for four years, I loved penn state football and went to many games, I had never even HEARD the name Sandusky before all of this. But yes, your point about me being a pedo just because I went to Penn State makes perfect sense!
My point to everyone telling me to tear my diploma up, well I’ll be very elegant here. Shove it. I worked hard for my diploma and learned from some of the top professors in their field. The disgusting actions of one man and a failure in administration of several others does NOT tarnish and has no impact on my education. I can be (and have been) a positive force in this world thanks, in part, to knowledge and skills acquired and honed at PSU. But yes, your point about how my education should be nullified and I should go back to being a waiter makes perfect sense!
To all those posting here: I urge you to re-read my second paragraph and then go actually READ the Freeh report. You can skip over the sections where he gives his conclusions and read only the facts presented with as unbiased of an eye as you can. I then urge you to form your own conclusions. This topic has been re-reported based on chain resyndincation. No news source can report other opinions other than the globally accepted one or they would be bashed! This causes overwhelming bias and belief in “truths” which may not exist. Let me also add on the original Freeh report: it is obviously not a complete accounting of actions taken / communications. It was created by a man and therefore, selection of what to be included is effected by that man’s bias. Either way, read the source document, only then should you raise your hand.
Finally, regarding the death sentence: Who would it punish? The University as already overhauling getting rid of every administrator “involved” or even, loosely associated. No it would punish all the other children living in state college now. The economy there would take a hit, businesses would go under, families would have to move away! Those that are anchored there will have less opportunities for their children.
The main response to me is likely going to be that more should have been done. YES! YES YES! You are right: more SHOULD have been done. I wont deny that, but that doesn’t mean I should stop my affiliation with PSU! How justified are YOU in decrying the actions taken when you do not even know what they were? READ the facts, the 267 page report, not a 1 page summary of them. Also, are you really are helping improve the safety of children everywhere by posting on this facebook wall? Go donate some money! Go volunteer! Let us all learn from this tragedy and change the division here. We should not be “Joe Pa Supporters” and “People who want to tear Joe Pa’s Statue down”. How is that even a topic of conversation!? We should all agree to focus on preventing similar tragedies from EVER occurring again. That is slightly more important to me than a statue.
WE ARE GOING TO STOP CHILD ABUSE!
WE ARE NEVER GOING TO LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN!
WE ARE GOING TO HELP END PEDIATRIC CANCER!
WE ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN A FOOTBALL TEAM!
WE ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A UNIVERSITY!
WE ARE —