I can't think of the last time I'd come across a bit of news that worked me up like I was last night. Originally, I woke up this morning, and planned on dedicating this entire post to the denigration of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and the Penn State administration. See, they've been in the news lately and here's why:
Allegations have come light regarding Jerry Sandusky (Paterno's defensive coordinator from 1969-1999)...namely, that he sexually abused several youths over a 15 year period. Some of the alleged incidents occurred on the Penn State campus.
Just last night, Paterno (Penn's coach for the last 46 years) was fired by the Board of Trustees, along with the school's president and some other administration who had been informed of the incidents occurring on campus (at least one in 2002).
Here's my take on the whole thing. While I certainly don't condone Sandusky's alleged actions, I am more furious with Paterno and the Penn State administration. A grad assistant walked in on Sandusky assaulting a boy in the Penn State shower room. The assistant told Paterno, who informed the athletic director, who informed the president...who then proceeded to do nothing, but tell Sandusky he could not bring youths onto Penn State's campus.
Sandusky's going to get his due share. I truly believe that. I don't worry much about him. But I want the other guys to pay too. Because I can barely squelch that helpless feeling that no matter what great things I do for my kids, no matter how much I try to keep them safe - in the end, I can't do anything about the deviants out there. But even worse, I can't do ANYTHING about the other adults who want to protect the deviants.
There. End rant. I shall now let it go.