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Paterno Fired, At Least Some Students Get the Protesting Right (VIDEO)

By daniellesmith |

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There seems to be some confusion.  Students rioted at Penn State.  And some have picked the wrong side.  They protested the firing of legendary coach, Joe Paterno.  Not the loss of the innocence of children.

Did I miss something?  A respected adult has KNOWLEDGE about young boys being molested and does next-to-nothing to stop it.  Now, years later, there are finally consequences.  Someone is finally standing up for the victims, who…again, were CHILDREN…. and people are protesting?

Ahhh…. but relief… some students, like these here, DO get it and instead of wanting to yell, “where are your parents??” I find myself wanting to send their parents a note of congratulations — as these are the young adults I hope my children will emulate.

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2 thoughts on “Paterno Fired, At Least Some Students Get the Protesting Right (VIDEO)

  1. CuteMonsterDad says:

    Thanks for this Danielle. A lot of parents collectively feel the same way. I’m still puzzled and saddened by the students rallying behind the coach rather than the victims. But upon retrospection, once the hoopla dies down, these same students will clearly see the awful crime that has been committed and the complicity of a man who looked the other way.

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  2. psusupporter says:

    I think that it’s important to understand the situation that students in Happy Valley were thrown into. The man that they revere and honor as their fearless leader has just been exposed: the hamartia of Paterno’s career has finally become public. Then came the public backlash. Now we cannot make assumptions: we still do not have all the facts about Paterno’s knowledge and actions (or inactions), but it is clear that wrongdoing did occur. These students see this man as a god. To be betrayed like that threw them into denial, which prompted the rioting. But as they stepped back, calmed down, and rationalized the situation, they have proven themselves a class act. If you disagree, refer yourself to the candlelight vigil held Friday with over 10,000 students in attendance, or watch the pre-game and post-game displays by students. This is not to say that they don’t support Joe Paterno, and that is another issue which I have mixed feelings on, but it does show that their deepest feelings lie with the victims.

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