Skip to comments.The Penn State Scandal: The Other Side of the Coin
Posted on 07/12/2012 2:27:39 PM PDT by TexasNative2000
The report which Penn State commissioned regarding the Jerry Sandusky scandal has been released. The findings of the commission, chaired by former FBI Director Louie Freeh, are a scathing indictment of the processes and procedures used by Penn State to deal with the allegations of sexual molestation by a football coach.
Little is revealed in the report which was not already generally known, but the tone and breadth of the reporting was startlingly harsh. No one is immune from criticism ranging from the president of the university all the way down to a janitor who witnessed an episode of sexual molestation and did nothing to stop it or report it. Particular emphasis of wrong-doing is laid at the feet (or, more properly, the headstone) of Coach Joe Paterno, the coaching legend who built the Penn State football program on the model of his 'Grand Experiment' in an effort to show that high quality academics and a high quality football program could co-exist.
The primary culprit of this entire episode, according to the report, was a reluctance to directly deal with the issues for fear of tarnishing the reputation of either the University or its football program. The power of the football program is seen as the motivating factor to coverup any wrongdoing.
But is that the whole story?
No; however, you will not see a word published about the other cause of the coverup. It is a cause which finds its root in the encapsulated, isolated, ivory tower world of a state-run university. It is a cause which is reinforced on a daily basis by the university, its administration, faculty, and students. The culprit is 'tolerance'.
Unless you have lived the experience, it is difficult to understand the powerful cultural pressure that a liberal university exerts on a university community. Every bulletin board of every dorm, office building, classroom, and meeting place is filled with posters that blare the message of tolerance and acceptance. "Tolerate, don't hate". "Accept, don't judge". These messages may seem harmless and trite to an outsider, but within the university community, they are powerful reminders that going against the stated policy of the university will result in a mandatory "sensitivity training". Stated policy, you ask?
Yes. Penn State, as do many other universities, houses a LGBTA Resource Center as a part of their Student Affairs division. On campus. With funding from the university. Is that official enough for you?
It is the natural condition to report wrongdoing, to correct a wrong, or stop an assault. But what if doing so results in the messenger being reprimanded? What if reporting what you see as wrong would result in you being accused of not being tolerant? What if you are a 65 year-old janitor who has worked within this environment for 30 years, and you are set to retire in 6 months? Do you jeopardize your pension or turn a blind eye? If you are a Graduate Assistant coach, do you stop the incident and risk losing your path to full-time coaching? Or do you wait, go home and consult with others before deciding to report after-the-fact?
When the president of the university is known for his support of the gay and lesbian agenda, it is easier to understand why reporting homosexual activity might not fall under the heading of 'tolerance'.
So when your friends begin to talk about a football program that has too much power over a university, ask them to put themselves in the position of someone who has been immersed in the culture of tolerance and acceptance. Ask if they would be ready to report violations under threat of losing their jobs. When the theory of tolerance meets the reality of abuse, it gets ugly.
“I might have gotten my ass whipped that night, and I might have been charged with assault, and I might have lost my job. Sandusky would have been interrupted though.”
I think I might have beat the SOB with a baseball bat, I hope I would have stopped him and called the police.
Sandusky was guilty of homosexual rape of a child. But the matter of homosexuality is buried. Sandusky is a classic pederast, and that means —usually a same sex relationship.Very seldom tea and sympathy.
The same thought process, more easily applied, explains why the administration at PSU looked the other way once it was brought to their attention. There is no way that someone with Spanier’s record on LGBT issues was going to do anything to punish Sandusky.
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