More than shocking; actions were simple evil
The Joe Paterno shocking scandal should teach us all a lesson: The powerful forces of money and worship of football (which causes thousands of serious physical injuries to our youth and adults) are not to be overcome easily.
But, hurrah, there will be (finally) some justice to the victims, although very belated.
The Freeh report called it "shocking"; isn't there a stronger word for it -- such as "evil"?
Prosecute others at Penn State?
Of course they should be prosecuted for failing to report child sex abuse.
But in a country that will not investigate its own war crimes or prosecute its own war criminals, a country that will not prosecute rapists in its military, a country that condones torture and kills innocent children and their families with its drone strikes, a country in which its own politicians and financial leaders are unindicted criminals -- in a country like that, Penn State officials have little to worry about.
Silence can be abettor of evil
This is regarding the officials accused of not reporting child sex abuse within the Penn State football program.
The 18th-century conservative
Shame on people who knew and did nothing
Yes, they should be dealt with legally. Here is why:
Because if they knew that these now grown men were being molested as young boys, yet said nothing, they are just as guilty.
They could have prevented it from going any further than it did. Now the damage is done and the victims have to pick up the pieces of their fragmented lives. Shame, shame, shame on all you pedophiles.
Closing the barn door after cows escaped
There is a slim possibility that Penn State will manage to recover a minuscule shred of public regard by means of its recently announced reforms in the way it does business, but it appears to me much more likely that a distinctly bad odor will always be attached to it.
After all, the place was the site of a scandal of mammoth proportions and monumental criminality.
There can be no doubt whatsoever that Penn State's administration attempted to shield from prosecution a true monster of a child molester.
The very name Penn State will from now on conjure forth visions of the most putrid forms of behavior.
Penn State's big shots appear to be desperately trying to shut the barn's doors long after the cows have escaped. Their efforts are pathetic.
Frank W. Goheen
Personal experience with horrible crime
School officials are required by law to report actual or suspected cases of abuse; not doing so is a crime, and should be punished as such.
Teachers reported signs of physical abuse for me, despite my pleading not to, and it probably saved my life. I was in junior high at the time. I never got a chance to thank them or the detective who helped get me away from my abuser.
Should be prosecuted to full extent of law
Yes, the school officials should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice, aiding and abetting in a criminal conspiracy, endangering the safety of a child, and promoting pedophilia.