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Penn State Deserves the Death Penalty; Jail For School Officials

So writes Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times:

No football for a school that knowingly allowed the child abuse to continue for years.

The destruction of the campus statue honoring a coach who was more worried about his program’s reputation than protecting victims from a serial sexual predator.

Those are the raw, visceral thoughts of someone who has just seen the Freeh Report, as damning a document as you’ll ever find. And I don’t think those raw, visceral thoughts are going to change much over the next hours, days, months or years.

Prison for former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley.

An indelible black mark that should bleed all over everything Joe Paterno accomplished as a football coach at Penn State. A statue that should be reduced to bits of bronze.

An empty stadium on Saturdays in State College, Pa., for two years as punishment for a school that protected the powerful and itself at the expense of young boys who were being confronted with evil incarnate.

Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life rotting in a prison cell and pondering the afterlife. But the people who could have and should have stopped him deserve cots in a federal penitentiary, too.

There has been a lot of noise from the Penn State faithful that Paterno didn’t know the extent of Sandusky’s actions. The Freeh Report, which was released Thursday morning, was clear that Paterno did know that Sandusky had been accused of molesting boys, and besides going to his athletic director, did nothing to ensure that his former defensive coordinator would be locked up.

The rest here.


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