Confirming that teenagers can be some of the most rotten, self-centered people on the planet, the first alleged victim to come forward in the ever-growing pedophilia scandal surrounding former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has been forced to leave his high school because of bullying — instigated by classmates who are enraged about Joe Paterno’s firing.
Jezebel.com reports that students at Pennsylvania’s Central Mountain High School were threatening and calling the student, known as Victim One, names, compelling the 17-year-old to leave the school because it was just too much.
The student, who was the first to bravely step forward to confirm the alleged abuses of Sandusky, has inspired other alleged victims to contact officials about former abuses. As the case continues making headlines, those victims are now turning to each other for support, as they live in fear of being outed to the public and causing a media frenzy.
The psychologist working with Victim One’s family reports that the boy’s only encouragement right now is that others have been empowered by his decision to come forward. “He feels good about that. That’s the one good that’s come of all this.”
In a case that turns up one squalid fact after another, this bullying seems even more galling, incredibly, than the similar incident of the Penn State students rioting over the Paterno firing — because this attack seems so personal. Are the high school students responsible for the threats really so callous and unsympathetic that they could believe this boy, a victim of a sexual predator, is responsible for the fall of Penn State’s coaching staff?
As this case continues to unfold in the way it has been, i.e. with more evidence and accusers proving that Sandusky is guilty of the crimes being alleged, it will be interesting to see how the people who at first defended anyone involved in the scandal come to terms with it. One can hope that apologies will be just part of the process.
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